• Bilbao

Design is constantly present in our daily lives, often without us being aware of it. Good design attempts to combine functionality, comfort and visual attractiveness in many of the objects and processes which we use every day, and improves people’s lives. Bilbao sees the UNESCO City of Design as a commitment which generates synergies; an international strategic framework capable of optimising resources and boosting incentives; an umbrella under which all public and private initiatives fit together, striving for the transformation, growth and development of Bilbao and its citizens through the use of design and creativity.

The new journey that Bilbao has undertaken within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network has the firm and resolute backing of the implicated institutions, the agreement of the organisations working towards creativity and design in the region, and the enthusiasm and commitment of professionals and citizens. They bring a rich history of creativity, design and innovation, dynamic organisational structures and innovative means. The objective is to develop a future, where creativity forms an intimate part of everyone’s life.

The City has a long tradition regarding cultural life. In order to maintain a very dynamic cultural environment, significant efforts have been made in the creation of policies and support programmes, new infrastructures and contemporary events, in order to enable citizen participation and to open up this area to as many collectives as possible.

Half of the population and economic activity in the Basque Country is concentrated in the metropolitan area of Bilbao, making it one of the fastest-growing Atlantic regions in Europe as well as a national model in advanced technology.

Facts and Figures


Around 347,278 inhabitants


40,68 km2

Bilbao is the capital of the province of Bizkaia, part of the Basque Country.

It is located 14 km to the south of the Bay of Biscay.

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Selected – International Design Inspiration

The aim of the festival is to provide an atmosphere in which attenders will be able to meet the latest tendencies in design and visual arts.

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Bilbao Bizkaia D Week 2018

Bilbao Bizkaia Design Week is an event focused on the promotion of creative industries, (architecture, crafts, audiovisual, communication, digital contents, design, interior design, fashion and video games).

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Fig Festival

The seventh edition of the FIG festival will take place in Bilbao. The aim of this International print & art work´s on paper festival is to connect over 50 national and international galleries who are involved with graphic, contemporary, and all time art.

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AzPlay Bilbao

Azkuna Zentroa will host in November 2018 the ninth edition of AzPlay, the International Festival of Independent Games, to present and promote independent video game productions whose differential values are originality, innovation, and the values related to Azkuna Zentroa.

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Maker Faire Bilbao

Maker Faire is a renowned fair for creators and inventors around the world, a showcase for inventions, creativity and ingenuity for all, along with celebrating the Maker movement.

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Bilbao International Art & Fashion

Bilbao International Art & Fashion – BIAAF is a platform devoted to the launch of young promising fashion designers from all over the world provided they are talented, innovative and radically creative.

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Artshop Bilbao

The City Council of Bilbao, through the public entity Bilbao Ekintza, and in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU) and the Bilbao Arte Foundation will held the the 8th edition of ARTESHOP BILBAO in June 2018.

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Theme and context: INSTANT CITIES Under the concept of INSTANT CITIES we aim to look at developing technologies so that, in a short period of time, cities can receive a large number of people who come drawn by the celebration of events associated with leisure and culture. Technologies which allow us to alter the use of equipment, produce mass occupations

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Bilbao Art District

Bilbao Art District is a public-private initiative (Bilbao City Council – Biscay Provincial Council – art stakeholders) which seeks to support and promote the visual arts sector in Bilbao, converting the city into a meeting point for the different artistic entities and disciplines, as well as bringing art closer to the public.

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