Budapest Design Week
Budapest Design Week is an annual festival attracting thousands of visitors who love intriguing designs in all walks of life. Design is in the focus for about 10 days: from furniture through textile and jewellery to cars, everyday objects, home decor, street art, what have you.
Budapest Design Week is truly popular. The big breakthrough of the design fest probably came in 2010, when the 10-day programme series of Budapest Design Week had about 60,000 visitors, approx. 190 studios, more than 115 exhibitions, several presentations & lectures (star designer lectures are held at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design or MOME for short), design tours, fashion-shows and workshops at more than 100 different venues. The annual Hungarian Design Awards are also announced at Budapest Design Week.
In addition to Hungarian designers, there are lots of international designers and design fans present. There is always a guest country (e.g. in 2011 it was Poland), so you may expect some insights into other national design trends.
Design on Sales?
Buying high quality design at a more favourable price? There are about 70 design shops in Budapest, where you can buy handmade Hungarian gifts using a special Budapest Design Week voucher offering about 20% discount. There are some design fairs too. And you can also visit the shop of the Museum of Applied Arts for beautiful handmade gifts. Made in Hungary, of course. :)
Budapest Design Week sounds fun for families too, as there are several hands on workshops throughout the festival.
If you love design and you are staying in Budapest at the beginning of October (or some time in autumn), you will enjoy the Design Week festival of Budapest.
When? beginning of October every year
Where? all over the city of Budapest, at design focused venues (museums, galleries, shops and more)
Venues – Budapest Design Week
The venues include well established and traditional Budapest museum venues like the Hungarian Museum of Applied Arts, and the Museum of Ethnography or halls like the Design Terminal (right in the city centre, close to Deak square), gallery slash bookshop Klauzal13 Contemporary Art Gallery and Bookstore, RÁDAY Picture House (in one of the restaurant zones of Budapest, Raday street), Lanchid 19 four star design hotel in Budapest etc. But there are some less traditional venues like an old industrial area in the 9th district of Budapest, Földváry street 4.)
Official website: Designhet.hu