Biggest ever Barcelona Design Week

27 June 2017
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Biggest ever Barcelona Design Week exceeds 20,000 participants from 67 countriesBarcelona Design Center report on the 2017 event and announce dates for 2018.

Barcelona Design Week, the annual event organized by BCD Barcelona Design Centre, ended its 12th edition transforming the city with over 120 activities. While awaiting confirmation of the figures for some activities and for some of the exhibitions which will remain open to the public during the months of June and July to close, it is expected that BDW will end having exceeded the 20,000 participants of the previous year.

In this respect, the success of Poblenou Design Day stands out, one of the novelties of this year’s edition organized by BCD and Poblenou Urban District, whose 24 activities were visited by over 5,000 people. The aim was to present the talent of Barcelona’s most creative neighbourhood, and this was successfully achieved. Taking into account the good results, the next editions of Barcelona Design Week will add other districts of the city to the programme in order to bring design to all the citizens.

This year the number of international attendees increased at the activities that BCD held in the Disseny Hub Barcelona, amounting to 20% of the total. The participants in these activities came from 67 different countries, making this the most international of the 12 editions.

Taking the results into account, Pau Herrera, President of BCD, says that this year the objectives of BDW were achieved, in so far as “attendance and participation in the activities increased, the number of activities went up by 50%, and more organizations and professionals joined Barcelona Design Week ". He stresses that these figures, "demonstrate that Barcelona Design Week is an event which is not only consolidated, but which also continues to grow year by year".

With the slogan 'Transforming society', this year offered a programme formed by conferences, exhibitions, workshops, talks, presentations, circuits, round tables, celebrations and networking activities, which used debates on design as a tool to transform society and as a key factor of innovation, sustainability and to improve the quality of life of people.

Pau Herrera highlights "the importance of having a design week in the city, an event which connects us with major international cities and which allows us to be up-to-date with the most topical issues in the world in relation to design”. Herrera adds that BDW “is also a platform which presents the design of Barcelona and its main players, professionals, entrepreneurs and companies which have transformed design into the key to their success".

Further information about the final figures of the BDW 2017.

Barcelona Design Week 2017 Picture Gallery Picture Gallery.


Barcelona Design Week 2018 will be held from 7 to 14 June.

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