Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2011

BEDA is a not-for-profit organisation funded in its entirety by its members. It is run by a board of directors elected by its membership every two years. It also elects a President and Vice President every two years. BEDA is headquartered in Brussels.

BEDA’s vision is for design to be embraced in Europe as a driver of sustainable growth and prosperity. BEDA boasts 47 members from some 25 member states in Europe. Members can be design promotion centres and other publicly funded organisations that promote design nationally or regionally as well as professional and trade associations for designers from across Europe. Those professional associations represent designers, based in Europe, in every discipline of work from industrial design and interiors to digital design and branding.

Milica Vukovic is public affairs and policy expert for creative Industries with experience working across Westminster and Whitehall, working as Government Relations Manager for Design Council, UK national body for design, influencing policy and decision making in support of design and innovation in the economy and society, and as Digital Democracy Manager at Hansard Society, a London-based educational think-tank for promoting parliamentary democracy.

In March 2010 Milica has been elected to the Board of Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA) which works closely with European Commission promoting the value of design at European level. She has been Secretary at the Board till April 2011 and is after that BEDA Ambassador for communication and contacts with new BEDA members. Milica was born in Novi Sad (Serbia) and holds BA In Philosophy from Belgrade University and an MA in Modern European Philosophy from Middlesex University.

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?!