Showcase of ’09 Festivals and Conferences


Some of the best festivals and conferences of the year are gone by now, but if we’d just want to judge them by their online presence we can do it from the comfort of our couch. There was some research involved in this article, you wouldn’t believe it how many of the biggest events in the world have so flat and unexciting websites. However, we’ve finally managed to find quite a few cool ones, so we wish you a pleasant and inspirational journey.

In this post we present some of the beautiful, original and inspirational web designs of festivals and conferences that took place or are going to take place this year. Please feel free to add links to further designs in the comments to this post!

Music Festivals

Nice color scheme, trippy background, and a great all-in-one homepage experience with lots of info very well organized.


This one is kinda crowded but has some awesome visual effects that really bring the festival atmosphere to the web, displaying cool features, like a showcase with the best performances, recorded selection to watch online, and a radio station.


"A world of its own" seems to be not only the tagline of the festival but of the website too. Creative Flash use and a nifty 3D experience are the best features of this one.


Another innovative project, the Beachdown website has a horizontal style navigation system that scrolls the sticky notes with info, images and video.


BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend9
A small website for a big weekend and a huge event. BBC Radio 1 has quite a nice microsite for this event, based on a dead simple layout and a cool color scheme.


This one could hurt your eyes a bit, but I guess festivals like that could hurt your ears as well, so it makes sense. Other features – great community implementation and creative footer.


Another huge fest with a neat online presence. Creamfields has an interesting image scroller synchronized with internal banners and a fresh identity.


V Festival15
One of the most appreciated rock music festivals in the world, V pumped some interactivity into its website: there’s a strong community component, a Twitter scanning system, and a poll where the fans could decide which onstage collaboration would they like to see.

V Festival16

Flow Festival17
This is the proof that even for a big event you could keep a clean simple website with nothing more than great design.


Fremont Oktoberfest
19Simple and effective design for this one. The bright colors and the smooth jQuery menu work very well for a beer outlet.

Fremont Octoberfest20

Mystery Land

Mystery Land21

Film & Art Festivals

Tati en Fete22
This Flash website is the eye candy of the selection. The beautiful graphics, animation, and music make it a huge browsable universe of Jacques Tati.

Tati en Fete23

Locarno Film Festival24
Slim website with no less than four menus and a few transparent areas where you can see the dominant background.

Locarno Film Festival25

Festival de Cannes26
Very compact multimedia homepage with lots of videos and pictures & a dynamic info scroller. Amazing usability!

Festival de Cannes27

The Animation Show28
A well-organized blog with a proper look and feel for a great animation festival.

The Animation Show29

Edinburgh International Festival30
Another color masterpiece, the Edinburgh International Festival is as reach in website features as in live events. Great usability and innovative multimedia gallery in the Try Before You Buy section.


The only minimalist entry in this roundup, the Colophon ’09 website has everything an event for magazine enthusiasts should have: a cool simple look, a huge searchable directory of indie magazines, tons of interviews, and an exclusive social network for mag lovers.


Amsterdam Film Experience34
This Flash based website is a fully functional video jukebox with an innovative navigation system. Be sure to double click the flipping buttons.

Amsterdam Film Experience35

Darwin Festival36
A program focused website organized like a calendar is a great idea for a festival. Plus, there’s a nice community platform well integrated with the website.

Darwin Festival37

Ars Electronica38
A crisp webdesign with effective navigation, creative menu solution, and ajaxified sidebar.

Ars Electronica39

The Media Festival40
Another fresh design with irregular header, live news updater, popping colors, and lots of badges. Nuff said.

The Media Festival41

Arts & Ideas42
Creative integration of the elements is the key factor here, combined with a great color scheme. Nice work!

Arts and Ideas43

Web Conferences & Design Events

London Digital Week44
Here it’s all about the blurry moving images in the header and the bright colors used for the categories. Awesome effect!

London Digital Week45

An Event Apart46

An Event Apart47

Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference48

Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference49

Future of Web Design50

Future of Web Design51

Big hype means big business and big business means great webdesign; at least in this case. The SXSW sports a clean website with a 16 bits meets Web 2.0 feel.


Next 09 54
A light website with a clean blog approach and an excellent video gallery.


The 99 Percent56
This is so slick – a webdesign masterpiece with the soul of a blog. The best part? A scrolling sidebar with news from around the web.

The 99 Percent57

Freelance Camp58
Welcome to the army! The freelance army, that is! You have all you need – updates from the Captain, map with the camp location, a volunteering tool, and a community.

Freelance Camp59

Tech Adventure60
Finally a one-page beauty! Great hand-made-eco-green look and awesome Twitter & Facebook integration.

Tech Adventure61

Electrolux Design Lab62
One of the well-known events in the design world, EDL ’09 has a nice landing page with a light graffiti approach crafted in Flash. You should turn off the music :)

Electrolux Design Lab63

Cannes Lions64
The Cannes Festival for advertising is a huge event with over 200 speakers, but with a modest and clean online presence. The best part – a slick login button in the upper right corner.

Cannes Lions65

Very nice header with some motion involved, and a dynamic left aligned menu make it very clear and easy to use.


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  1. 1

    Opened the Fremont Oktoberfest and I do like it’s simplicity and use of color.

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    Some designs are really awesome, but I think that there is a standart template on Freelance Camp. Just something like Groovy Video from WooThemes

  3. 3

    i think it’s the “Irresistible” theme from WooThemes

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    Wow…how can you skip An Event Apart –

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    also have Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference

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    “Colophon” went OTT with CMYK! 83~

  7. 7

    Visit Tati en fete

    It will make you laugh how many loading pages they have. They have a loading page for there loading page.

    It is a nice design. My work server is very slow so it makes the loading pages extremely annoying.

  8. 8

    You should have included the FOWD Tour 2009 page as well:

  9. 9

    You’ve missed Exit…

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    great collection…

  12. 12

    Rothbury Music Festival:

    Cool site design and an AMAZING weekend! They also had a companion iPhone app which carried the same look and feel.

  13. 13

    World Food Festival

    Another good festival hosted in Des Moines, Iowa every year. Lots of yummy things to eat :)

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    Worth a mention; electric picnic. An Irish music & arts festival with a cool flash design with artists scrolling past.

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    I recently finished this poster for DIT Fest in Ohio

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    the style of that beachdown image looks very familiar. Sanna Annukka???

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    I’m surprised F5 was missed.

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    Core Con 2009

    A sci-fi/fantasy/anime/horror convention in – of all places – Fargo, North Dakota.

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    I found this site for an international short film festival pretty sleek and light

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    I can’t believe you left out Rock Werchter Festival. The site is simple, straightforward, and very slick.

    Bonus: it’s also original.

    Thanks for compiling this list though (even if I was secretly hoping it would be posters, but I guess that’s not this site’s theme :)).

  22. 22

    Great list but I really think The Big Day Out 2009 should be on the list <a href=””

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    Tks, good list!

  24. 24

    I made a summer festival site too in WP.
    It’s not on par with these bad boys, but I thought it was pretty good at the time.
    What do you guys think?

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    Great sites.

    The Soundwave Festival website is pretty cool too. Check it out :).

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    How could you leave out Roskilde Festival.

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    Another one… a brand new small festival in Spain, nice ilustration background…

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    And this one?

  32. 32 São Paulo Jewish Film Festival – Brazil

    Made with wodrpress.


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    You forgot Lowlands, which has an interface like i’ve never seen before.

  35. 35

    really nice article!!

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    i wish i was better at design! look at my website pinksaint dot com, i need some help!

  37. 37

    nice collection you have here!

    love tati en fete,

    big up

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    Andrew Butterworth

    August 26, 2009 7:48 am

    A nice film festival site is Salford Film Festival

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    is anybody interested in attending An Event Apart? We can get a group discount if we have at least 6 people. If you’re interested, please let me know (

  40. 40

    This one just went up: Kid Rock Cruise

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    great collection…

    but what is about this:

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    The Dublin Irish Festival: Link []

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    Try Lowlands (, what an awful site that is

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    Another great web design -music festival-.

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    Here’s a website for a beer tasting festival and concert: Link

  46. 46 maybe the bigest event of design in all america.

  47. 47

    Perhaps you will like the design of this great ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter Conference ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter Conference

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    ok … good try …
    but you forgot e. g. :
    5d conference :
    and some more ;-)

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    This is it. Oslo Live FestivalMade with wordpress by Sigarett Design

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    Cell Phone Reverse Lookup – Search Free Any Phone Gets You People Data-Name, Address, Age & More….

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    Great article, keep pn the good work!

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    Check out the site from the music festival SthlmJazzFest , A Drupal site with connections to among others FaceBook, Flickr and Twitter.

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    How about Phoenix Design Week 09? October 21-25


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