Bergen Design Festival 2017
– 10 days of design beyond inspiration

22 September – 1 October 2017

Bergen Design Festival is an annual gathering which celebrates the great workings of design and showcases creatives from the region across fields and diciplines. Troughout the festival a range of events are taking place all across Bergen – Design Mornings, exhibitions, workshops, Bergen Design Conference seminars and more.

One of the hightlights of the week is Bergen Design Conference, in 2017 taking place on Tuesday 26 September. Featuring internationally renowned speakers from the design world, the conference celebrates – and increases people’s awareness of – the many qualities of design; as useful, innovative, beautiful and a driver of change towards a more inclusive and sustainable society.

It is a well-known fact that experimentation and involving users as early as possible is vital for success – so why are so many companies afraid of doing it? This year, Bergen Design Festival explores the theme Dare to experiment and invites prominent speakers from across the design field to share their knowledge and experience. 

At Bergen Design Festival 2017 you will meet:

Speakers from earlier years include:

  • Stefan Sagmeister (Sagmeister & Walsh)
  • Dr. Patricia Moore (“The Mother of Empathy”)
  • Richard Seymour (Seymourpowell)
  • Michael Pawlyn (Exploration)
  • Boyan Slat (The Ocean Cleanup)
  • Gunnhild Stordalen (EAT Foundation)
  • Ravi Naidoo (Interactive Africa)
  • John Thackara
  • Aja Guldhammer (Airbnb)
  • Tomorrow Machine
  • Lorna Ross (Mayo Clinic)
  • Jessica Z. Kessin (Capital One)
  • Uffe Elbæk
  • Björn Myreze (Myreze)
  • Andreas Engesvik

Key dates

  • 22 September: Official opening
  • 22 – 30 September: Bergen Design Mornings – daily morning talks
  • 26 September: Bergen Design Conference
  • 30 September: Party time!


Bergen Design Festival

  • Norway’s only design festival hosted annually since 2010
  • Showcasing the best of regional and Norwegian design
  • Bergen Design Conference with international speakers
  • Design mornings taking place throughout the festival
  • Open Design Studios throughout the city
  • Pop-up shop featuring local design
  • Great, regional food
  • In the center of Bergen, Norway


Vision
Bergen Design Festival works to promote design as a driver for user-centered, sustainable innovation. The festival is a meeting place for anyone interested in design – or as we like to say: anyone with a professional relationship to forwardmindedness.