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Young Balkan Designers 2019: Circular Design

The Young Balkan Designers talent platform is hosting its design competition for 2019 on the theme: Circular Design, and invites young designers on the Balkans to participate.

The call is open for design projects − products, concepts, services and scenarios that can bring the Balkans to the forefront of a much needed paradigm shift in design, production and consumption. Young designers are challenged to get familiar with the basics of circular economy and explore possibilities of innovative design approach enhancing circularity of product, materials, services and concepts.

Between 30 and 40 selected projects will participate in the Talent Exhibition at Mikser Festival 2019 festival, scheduled for 24th–26th May 2019 in Lower Dorćol, Belgrade, Serbia. There will also be a touring exhibition in the region and it will include 10 to 15 selected projects.

During Mikser Festival 2019 a series of workshops and special meet-ups between the final competition winners and representatives of selected regional furniture and product manufacturers will be organized to detect the designers’ capacities to enter the second part of the competition – collaboration with companies on development of a concrete desing product or a service.

Successful prototypes developed through this collaboration will be exhibited at Salone Satellite within International Furniture Fair in Milan in 2020 at the companies’ expenses.

All persons born in 1985 and younger, from: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey are eligible to enter.

Applicants may be individuals or groups of creators and may participate with one or more than one entry.

Please address all questions related to the competition to ybd@mikser.rs.

Young Balkan Designers (YBD) is founded in 2011 with the aim to identify, promote and develop creative potential of the Balkan region in the field of product design. The initiative also aims at unifying regional design scene, bringing it closer to the international market, strengthening its potential by providing additional education and practice, while at the same time contributes to the restoration of multi-cultural cooperation in the Balkan region.

The YBD project is conducted under the umbrella of BALKAN DESIGN NETWORK – Innovative platform established with the aim of articulating and providing long-term strategic support for the development and promotion of the Balkan design on Eu­ropean and International level.

The Project is supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).