Who We Are


Our VISION is simple and organic, and firmly rooted in the current successful DNA of BDW: we are working hard to widen the extent of a seven-day festival into a more complex, year long continuous role of being the premier one stop partner for building a society of knowledge in SEE. To achieve this, we are further and deeper developing connections on two levels: firstly with all surrounding regional centres, as well as secondly with leading global design-hubs, ensuring a 365 days/year active two-way exchange of projects, ideas, collaborations.

We not only help developing a network of creative cities worldwide, but in the process produce effective new tools such as websites, blogs, seminars and knowledge centres such as libraries and series of ongoing events, all the way to opening a permanent regional design museum in Belgrade.

BDW exists to be the bridge between the creative industries and the business world, the global design scene and the local and regional impetus, the private economy and the government administration, and last but not least, the connection between our famously passionate audience and the leading global creative minds of the 21st century.

Our successfully developed VISION would firmly place Belgrade and Serbia as well as the whole SEE region on the global creative map, and ensure BDW’s role as global partner to leading institutions and events devoted to building a better society with help of creative industries.

What We Do

WHO we are is the annual meeting point of South East Europe’s creative industries, in Belgrade, Serbia, now in development to become a year-round one stop solution for the creative community.

WHAT we do is make the connections between some of the foremost creative minds on the planet, their ideas, their products, their processes, and you.

HOW we do this is by producing a world class conference and a cutting edge regional design show, while making time for our guests to explore the gourmet and nightlife capital of the region – Belgrade.

WHEN we started in 2005, we envisaged a private, non-profit event funded in equal part by reputable national government and international institutions, commercial sponsors and visitor’s box office sales. Since then, we have been included into top ten creative events in the world by leading global opinion makers.

WHERE we help is in showcasing object and graphic design, architecture, branding, advertising, music, digital media, TV, art, publishing, film, fashion, media and all other forms of design related business.

WHY we exist is to connect the creative industries and the world of business without bias, and allow Belgrade to fulfil its regional creative potential. As a measure of our success, ask Daniel Libeskind: after his lecture at BDW 2008 he walked away with the commission to design the master plan for Belgrade’s new waterfront development.

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