BELGRADE DESIGN WEEK 2014 CONFERENCES OPEN UP A BRAND NEW WORLD by designboom

Since 2005, belgrade design week has successfully forged intercultural and business connections between serbia and the south east european (SEE) region, the greater global design scene, and the city of belgrade. The initiative aims to serve as a platform and meeting point for creatives to engage in the exchange of ideas across a range of disciplines: advertising, architecture, arts management, communications, design, fashion, marketing, new media, publishing… The annual event brings forth an international conference delivered by approximately 30 international speakers who share their perspectives and personal developments in their respective fields. the 2014 conference program ‘brand new world’ sets opens up discussion regarding the creation of new values in today’s fast changing world.

keynote speakers on thursday, october 9th
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keynote speakers on friday, october 10th
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keynote speakers on saturday october 11th
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Check the BDW programme here.

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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