• 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

 

about
Bilbao, Spain


Inhabitants

Around 347,278 inhabitants

Area

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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Tracking Bilbao

Tracking Bilbao represents the different ways of expresión of the multidisciplinary world, that are very bound to the popular culture in the digital era.

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Gau Irekia

The aim of this event is to make the sociocultural activity visible in the neighborghoods, betting on the public engagement in the cultural creation.

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Bala

Beyond the usual standards, this fair brings together different types of

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Fun & Serious Game Festival

Fun & Serious will host inside its schedule F&S Play, the International Festival of Independent Games, to present and promote independent video game productions.

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Urbanat

URBANBAT is an international festival about urbanism and social innovation between the city and the citizens.

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Bilbao D Week

Bilbao Bizkaia Design Week is an event focused on the promotion of creative industries.

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Selected

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…

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Fig Festival

The aim of the FIG festival is to connect over 50 national and international galleries who are involved with graphic, contemporary, and all time art.

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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…

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