Bergen Design Festival
– 10 days of design beyond inspiration

Bergen Design Festival 2018
14 – 23 September 

Bergen Design Festival is an annual gathering celebrating 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, seminars and social gatherings.

The festival features internationally renowned speakers from the design world, and celebrates the many qualities of design; as useful, innovative, beautiful and a driver of change towards a more inclusive and sustainable society.

See the programme for 2018  →


  • Stefan Sagmeister (Sagmeister & Walsh)
  • Boyan Slat (The Ocean Cleanup)
  • Mikko Annala (Demos Helsinki)
  • Yanki Lee (Enable Foundation)
  • Cesar Harada (MakerBay)
  • Deborah Dawton, Design Business Association
  • Eero Koivisto, Claesson Koivisto Rune
  • Dr. Patricia Moore (“The Mother of Empathy”)
  • Richard Seymour (Seymourpowell)
  • Michael Pawlyn (Exploration)
  • Scott Burnham (Reprogramming the City)
  • Gunnhild Stordalen (EAT Foundation)
  • Ravi Naidoo (Interactive Africa/Design Indaba)
  • John Thackara
  • Aja Guldhammer (Airbnb)
  • Anna Glansén, Tomorrow Machine
  • Lorna Ross (Mayo Clinic)
  • Jessica Z. Kessin (Capital One)
  • Andreas Engesvik


  • Hosted annually since 2010

  • Showcasing the best of regional and Norwegian design

  • Featuring internationally renowned speakers from across the field

  • Design mornings throughout the festival

  • Open Design Studios across Bergen

  • Pop-up shop featuring local design

  • In the center of Bergen, on the west coast of Norway 


Bergen Design Festival collaborates with De Bergenske to provide a comfortable stay for all of our guests. Book your stay at and use the offer code FESTIVAL for a 20 per cent dicsount.

Bergen Design Festival works to promote design as a driver for user-centered, sustainable innovation.

The festival is a meeting place for everyone interested in design, innovation and social entrepreneurship  – or as we like to say: anyone with a professional relationship to forwardmindedness.