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The BDW 2013 conference will end with a grand ceremony: The prestige European Design Award is set to take place at the iconic Yugoslav Drama Theatre at 21:00 of the last festival day, showcasing yet another time the best of the European communication designers for 2012, in front of a usually sold out design-mad public from all over the world. Before that, five selected members of the European Design Leaders, one-of-a-kind professional club of Europe’s leading communication design studios and agencies, will give their lectures at the special session about graphic design, as taster for the night’s sensations!

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Visitors are going to rub shoulders with Europe’s most accomplished creators in the field of print design, motion graphics, web design, branding and typography. The Tickets cost €50 and include entrance to the winners party at Brankow bar. The can be purchased at www.europeandesign.org/shop.

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The European Design Leaders is an élite organization. Its purpose is to provide a valid and comprehensive index of the most creative studios and agencies of the continent. Size, history, client lists, nationality. All these do not matter. What does matter is proof that the studio is currently providing output of the highest caliber, by being consistently awarded in any of the five major design competitions around the world. Therefore, membership is closed and by merit only. Five representative leaders of this group, coming from all over the continent, are making an appearance in this year’s Belgrade Design Week conference. Watch them in action and hear all about their creative processes, the way they work and how they have managed to reach the top of their class.

A Design Walk, the most popular event of the ED-Awards programme, is a guided tour to local design agencies who have taken upon them to welcome you into their offices, answer your questions and showcase some of their work. This is a chance to meet great designers eye-to-eye on their home ground and a perfect way for international guests to experience the Belgrade design scene. Tickets cost €10 (€5 reduced) and can be bought at www.europeandesign.org/shop.

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So many thanks to all colleagues, Jovan and the entire Belgrade Design Week. BDW is quite different from other design events. It is more about people than products. BDW is healing for designer souls.

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