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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.

OUR BLOG

Running in the morning through the city (down what the germans call a fussgangerzone) and being amazed by all the grand empty old buildings that reminded me of my Berlin beginnings. Grafitti on buildings. Lovely broken walls with acne'd facades from decades of reverse engineering. Discovering that all the ships on the river were party boats and open till the morning. Sweating so much in one of the clubs, my phone got messed up. Losing phone in said club. Visiting belgrade police station to report a then stolen phone to a twenty-something cop with a doctor's lab coat, listening to Rammstein (loudly) while hacking out my report on a pre-electric typewriter that looked (and sounded) as if it was from some era before typewriters were invented.   Thinking of Naked Lunch. Thinking of Die-Hard. Listening to architects talk about porous facades. Thinking of old smart bombs. Imagining the flash and crunch of several floors of reinforced concrete collapsing in on themselves. Wondering why I'm the only interactive guy here. Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade? Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade?!

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