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Birmingham Design Festival is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and celebrating the international design community.

The founder’s belief that high-quality design education should be accessible for all means the festival doesn’t charge high ticket prices and as a result support from those who can is absolutely vital to future success of the festival.


Become a partner

Become a partner

Our partnerships are absolutely vital to delivering BDF and offer an opportunity for organisations who are passionate about design to support the festival whilst engaging with a broad, international design community.

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Your name up in lights

Sell your wares

Reach thousands of attendees

Engage with the design community

Benefits for 2020

Partnerships for BDF last year round with prices alternating depending on whether we are in a ‘Festival’ year or a ‘Conference’ year. Below are benefits for the 2020 Conference.








Free tickets to BDF 2020


Free job listings on Birmingham Design site


Logo listed with fellow Birmingham Design partners on website & programme

Article on Birmingham Design Festival journal

Listed on partner boards at venue

Flyers at venue and in festival packs

Programme ad

Half page
Full page

Vouchers/promotions on ticketing emails

Promo stand at BDF 2020 inside the venue

Logo on stage banners and speaker intros

Competitions, events and workshops around the festival

Logo on volunteer t-shirts

*Bronze membership offered as a joint sponsorship with Birmingham Design. Includes benefits listed in "Supporter tier" here.

**For an extra £1,000 you can upgrade to include the "Main Partner" tier of sponsorship for Birmingham Design giving coverage across all of our events. Read more here

Get in touch

Like what you see? We’re keen to bring you on board as part of the BDF family in 2020 and beyond. Drop us a line and we can chat further.

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Current & previous partners

Some of the companies that have already shown support for BDF over the past two years.


“The BDF made it clear that, in the most genuine way, a huge amount of people are enthused by design, creativity, discussion and inclusion.

They came along to be part of it, to celebrate it or learn more about it. Against a backdrop of creative subjects being down-graded in our schools, your event in Birmingham (with the highest youth population of any European city) showed that young people are defiantly passionate and motivated about our creative industries.”

Mark Jessett, G . F . Smith

Case studies

Our partners continue to think of new and engaging ways to speak to our audience. Here are a few examples to give you some inspiration for how you can work with us.

McCann, 2018

Global agency supergroup McCann were a main sponsor of BDF2018, and took their role very seriously, getting stuck in with a unique and exciting partnership activation.

They invited creatives to pitch themselves in 130 seconds to ‘win’ a new job, from the back of a van! This challenge was hugely popular with over 40 pitches over the festival duration – and 4 candidates awarded placements – and one full time junior creative position!

Awesome Merchandise

As main sponsors Awesome Merchandise threw themselves into helping make BDF as awesome as possible – from hosting multiple workshops at ROPE Press and free to attend live-screen printing demo’s, to filming Aaron Draplin talking about his love of merch, to introducing our evening speakers at the Conservatoire!

All our attendees went home with awesome merch thanks to Awesome Merchandise, and volunteers were highly visible in their BDF t-shirts, lanyards, badges etc.

Get in touch

Like what you see? We’re keen to bring you on board as part of the BDF family in 2020 and beyond. Drop us a line and we can chat further.

Get in touch

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