OPENING DAY / BDW DIZAJNPREMIERES/ EXHIBITIONS OPENING

DIZAJNPARK EXHIBITIONS OPENING

From Monday 04 June until Sunday 10 June, visitors of the BDW DIZAJNPARK 2012 were able to see sensational design exhibitions which all had their premieres in Belgrade: Common Sense and Sensibility from Croatia, Megaphone from Italy, Creative Space Serbia in collaboration with SIEPA, Samsung Experience from Korea, Silent Revolutions from Slovenia, Sacco by Zanotta from Italy, Jörg Boner’s Goodnight Moon from Switzerland, photo exhibition BDW Superstars – portraits by Vladimir Miladinović – Piki and fashion photographs by Milena Rakočević from Serbia, as well as a totally new multimedia exhibition of lectures of BDW Superstar speakers from 2006 to 2011.

The Serbian Minister of Culture, Mr. Predrag Marković, inaugurated the event. The Ambassador of Australia Her Excellency Dr. Helena Studdert, Mr. Saša Marjanović, the representative of the general patron Samsung, and Jovan Jelovac, the founder and curator of BDW also spoke at the opening. The opening in the great hall of the National Library of Serbia with the fashion show by Jelena Stefanović, the premiere of the “BDW 2011” documantary feature film by Miodrag Ilić and the unveiling of the BDW DIZAJNPARK exhibitions, was visited by over 2000 people on that first night alone.

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Belgrade Design Week is a one-off – a unique set-up that is free from the corporate atmosphere that so often pervades other such events. The energy, optimism and warmth of Jovan and his team flows through every event – lectures, workshops, meals & drinks alike!   I’ve never been good at sitting in a dark lecture hall for more than an hour or so at a time but found myself doing three lectures back to back at Belgrade – such was the quality of speakers. Timetabling was crazy at times but at BDW everybody seems happy to ‘go with the flow’ – and has an even better time for doing so. The City of Belgrade should be very proud of this gem!

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