Blanc Festival was born in 2009, but its gestation dates back to 2003, coinciding with the Year of Design in Barcelona. Octubre del Disseny was, without knowing it yet, the embryonic phase of a festival that since then has not stopped growing up.
Three days with talks, masterclasses and activities around design and professional creativity, with the focus on emerging talent and recognition of the great masters and pioneers of design in our country.
And if there is something that characterizes Blanc, it is the closeness, the familiar and comradeship environment, and the playful/festive atmosphere that is breathed during the three days of celebration of the event.
An event where you can meet from PFC presentations (Campus Blanc), knowing the best emerging talent in design (CREMA Award), and masterclasses and conferences (Blanc Festival) where national and international figures like Paula Scher, Bruce Mau, Alex Trochut, István Orosz, Fernando Gutiérrez, Vasava, Feixen Studio, Adi Goodrich or Erretres among others have passed.
We like to say that Blanc is an experience, where th most important thing is to enjoy, share and learn among all.
Oriol IbañezAudiovisual Cordination
Oriol AgutTechnical Assistant
Blanc Festival n.10 – 2018
A circle that began to be drawn in 2009 was closed in 2018, 10 editions later, it reaches its maximum splendor. A round event, with a team of more than 50 employees, an average of 800 attendees per day during the three days of the festival. More than 30 conferences, from graphic design students to the most worldwide recognized designers. This year was the most special of all, after the first edition, because it closes an era, and a new stage of the festival opens.
The graphic identity of this tenth edition was in charge of the study Form . In 2009 they created the graphics and opening titles of the first edition, but at that time as Dani Navarro and Joel Lozano, and some years later they created Forma.
The talks were given by ALEX TROCHUT, BRUCE MAU, PATRICK THOMAS, BISI WILLIAMS, MARIO ESKENAZI, ONIONLAB, NOE BLANCO, ALEXANDRA ZSIGMOND, MUCHO and PANCHO TOLCHINSKY, NARANJO-ETXEBERRIA, JORDI DURÓ, ESIETE, JAVIER ROYO, ANA MIRATS, NÚRIA VILA, THE BOLD, EIDE STUDIO, ANA ILLUECA, MONSTRUO ESPAGUETI, VERONICA FUMANAL, LUIS ARMERO and 15 students who presented their final projects at Campus Blanc.
Blanc Festival n.9 – 2017
The second year in Barcelona represented an important qualitative leap. It was the first time in the history of Blanc that we thought of investing in speakers of great worldwide recognition. A way to further enhance the line-up of conferences and masterclasses, towards an event of national and international projection, but always maintaining the essence, proximity and focus on emerging talent.
The graphic image of this ninth edition was in charge of the study Outro , which had been presenting his final project in Blanc several years ago. Today it is one of the most avant-garde design studios in Barcelona.
The graphic was based on the heraldic design of the Middle Ages. A modernization of the heraldic iconography updated, but respecting the graphic system of that time.
PAULA SCHER, ISTVÁN OROSZ, ADI GOODRICH, FEIXEN STUDIO, EXTRA!, ENA CARDENAL, CURRO CLARET, FAMILIA, MANSON, GUAYABERO and PUJAGUT, JÚLIA SOLANS, ENRIC HUGUET, VASAVA, PUTOS MODERNOS, ARANTXA RUEDA, XURXO BACA, JOSEP MARTÍ, PUNTS SUSPENSIUS, KEEPINTOUCH, GEMMA ABELLÓ, HARRIET KJAER and ELSA YRANZO were the speakers of this edition.
Blanc Festival n.8 – 2016
The third major event in the life of the festival was to move the event to Barcelona, to a theater with capacity for 900 attendees.
It was time to make the jump. The Teatro Casino Aliança del Poblenou welcomed us with open arms and all the facilities to carry out the first edition of Blanc in Barcelona.
The graphic image of this edition was in charge of Andrés Requena, who also participated in the production of the opening titles.
The concept of the graphic was revolved around the figure of Mr.Blanc, a singular character that represented all types of whites.
The guest country in this edition was Cuba, with the participation of Cuban graphic designers FÉLIX BELTRÁN, GISELLE MONZÓN and NELSON PONCE. And a line-up conformed by AIMÉE DUCHAMP, AMERICA SÁNCHEZ, BASURAMA, ERRETRES, ISIDRO FERRER, JAVIER JAÉN, CAPITAL CAPITAL, NOIZES, ORIOL MIRÓ, PALOMA RINCÓN, TAVO, TONI AMENGUAL, USTED, ALBERT ROJO, MAGDA BANDERA, RUBIO & DEL AMO, EVA JOLIS, COOLTE, MR. AND MRS. WILSON, TXOKO GRAPHIC, BEATRIZ SIGÜENZA, ANE GUERRA & ANDONI BERISTAIN, TERESA BARÓ and LAURA RIBAS.
Blanc Festival n.7 – 2015
It was the last edition that we made in Vilanova i la Geltrú. And the gram novelty was a new section called The Invited Country, where we invited two studios from a specific country. This year we had 2 lectures from Finland, Kokoro&moi and Tsto.
The graphic image of this year was in charge of Cancún, formed by Núria Vila and Albert Grébol. The opening titles were designed and produced by Genís Rigol with illustrations of Olga Capdevila.
The concept of this edition was based on the figure of “Voyeur”.
The conferences and masterclasses were given by TSTO, KOKORO&MOI, PLA-NARBONA, JOSEP M. MIR, JUANJO SAEZ, SOLO, GUIM TIÓ, PABLO ABAD, CASASÍN, DIFFFERENT, OPISO, MORUBA, PLAYMODES, WETE, ENSERIO, ANA ILLUECA, FLEXIC, AMOR DE MADRE, CONJUNTO, MAGOZ, EULÁLIA PARIS, MIREIA ROSICH, DAVID CASACUBERTA, TOORMIX and MARC PANERO.
Blanc Festival n.6 – 2014
There are already six successful editions, and the festival was still growing. It was the first year that we brought an international – although Fernando Gutiérrez has one foot in Barcelona and the other in London – technically he was a foreign speaker.
The graphic identity this year was in charge of Ladyssenyadora, who also took care of the address of the opening titles, together with the animator Jorge Croissier.
The concept revolved around the mating ritual of the Satin Pericolero.
The lectures and masterclasses this year were in charge of COMUNIZA, TWOPOINTS, DOMESTIC DATA STREAMERS, DOMO-A, ESPADAYSANTACRUZ, IÑIGO JEREZ, IVAN CASTRO, DESIGN BY ATLAS, FERNANDO GUTIERREZ, PICMEDIA, MR.CÄRTÖN, EIDE STUDIO, MARIANO FIORE and the girls of THEROOMROOMS
Blanc Festival n.5 – 2013
The fifth edition of the festival meant the definitive consolidation of Blanc. The professionals of the design and creativity sector were already starting to hear about the event, and we had more and more assistants from outside Catalonia.
The Eduard Toldrà Auditorium had a capacity of 400 attendees, and we expanded the capacity by adding a room adjacent which we called Blanc TV, where we transmitted the lectures by closed circuit.
This year’s graphic identity was in charge of the study P.A.R, and the opening titles were made by < a href = "http://pressrec.tv/" target = "_ blank" rel = "noopener">Pressrec.
The concept “The Diary of Blanc” was revolved around the day to day life of the speakers.
The lectures and masterclasses were in charge of MUCHO, CLASE-BCN, FORMA, ENTRESUELO 1ª, PHYSALIA, ANDREU BALIUS, LADYSSENYADORA, THREEFIVEFIFTY, KILO, ANDRES REQUENA, SHOWUSYOURTYPE, LARANA, BISGRÀFIC, PRESSREC, MIGUEL NOGUERA, FOLCH STUDIO and CRUZ NOVILLO.
Blanc Festival n.4 – 2012
The fourth edition of the festival is on its way towards the consolidation of the event.
The great novelty this year has been the new Amics del Blanc section, where we selected six attendees from other editions to explain their project to us. An opportunity to show the talent hidden in the stalls.
We also attended the birth of the Blanqueta, the type created by Joancarles Casasín for Blanc.
The guests this year were BUNGALOW, DIDAC BALLESTER, EDUARDO MANSO, LA DESPENSA, PATI NÚÑEZ, PEP TORRES, RUN DESIGN, TOORMIX, TWOPOINTS, WANDA, BOLD STUDIO, NÚRIA VILA, HAMO STUDIO, LUNA DISSENY, ORIOL GAYÁN, SOPORTE, APPARATU, CREAN, ENRIC JARDÍ and XAVIER GRAU.
Blanc Festival n.3 – 2011
The third edition of Blanc Festival was premiered at a new location, the Eduard Toldrà Auditorium in Vilanova i la Geltrú. With capacity for 400 attendees (the double compared with the first two editions) and the appearance on the stage of Oriol Puig. At that time the technical head of the auditorium.
Having a specialized technical team for all the areas (sound, video and lighting) was the beginning of a way towards the professionalization of the event.
This year Blanc had two locations, the Eduard Toldrà Auditorium and Neàpolis where we carried out BlancLab, talks specialized in technological design.
The graphic identity of this third edition was in charge of Dani Navarro and the credit titles were produced by < a href = "http://caramel.cat/" target = "_ blank" rel = "noopener">Caramel.
This year we have conferences and workshops of AERSTUDIO, BILDI GRAFIKS, EDUARDO DEL FRAILE, EMIL KOZAK, ALEXIS ROM, LOSIENTO, NO-DOMAIN, RUIZ+COMPANY, SANTAMARTA, SOON IN TOKYO, ANA GEA, BROSMIND, HERNÁN ORDÓÑEZ and LUIS MENDO
Blanc Festival n.2 – 2010
The second edition of Blanc Festival brought novelties that have remained until today. The first is a new section where three students presented their Final Project. Perhaps one of the most popular activities of Blanc’s audience, fresh and full of creativity projects, which haven’t been ‘contaminated’ by the client.
Another novelty, which has become an intrinsic feature of Blanc Festival, is the interaction with the public, a closeness that occurred naturally in the first edition and since then we have enhanced edition after edition.
The conferences and workshops were given by BENDITA GLORIA, BOOLAB, BROSMIND, CARLITOS AND PATRICIA, CLA-SE, HERRAIZ SOTO, HEY, LAURA MESEGUER, SHACKLETON, VILLARROSÀS, AMERICA SANCHEZ, MARTA CERDÀ, ROSETA MUS & OHIANA HERRERA, PAPERMIND and JAUME PUJAGUT.
Blanc Festival n.1 – 2009
It was the first edition of Blanc Festival. It was held in the Neàpolis building in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona), a city where the event was held for the next 7 years.
A small auditorium for 200 people and a smaller stage where half of the music was occupied by the band. ‘The Pantones’ have been since then the official band of the event that only existed during the two days of festival.
The audience was mostly local, but already in the first year we saw how assistants came from outside Catalonia, especially from Valencia. Something that surprised us pleasantly.
This year the graphic image was made by Dani Navarro, and the credit titles were in charge of Joel Lozano and Cristina Belles.
The guests this year were SUMMA, VASAVA, SCPF *, MUCHO, ALBERT FOLCH, BASE-LAB, BENDITA GLORIA, DOUBLEYOU, DEVEIN, EUMOGRAFIC, INOCUO, KOTOC, MULTITOUCH and RAUL GOÑI.