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Barcelona Design Week 2014

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Mayors of Barcelona & Holon announce the participation of Israel as guest country of the Barcelona Design Week 2014 during its visit to the Design Museum Holon

- ‘Guest Country: Israel’ will focus on entrepreneurship and innovation aiming to show the creative and innovative potential of Israel, and to facilitate synergies and business opportunities with professionals and companies in Barcelona

- The initiative, that has the collaboration of the Design Museum Holon and the Embassy of Israel in Spain, will include exhibitions, conferences, business meetings, round tables, and networking sessions

- The Barcelona Design Week, organised by BCD since 2006, closed the last edition with over 5.000 attendees, 1.500 businesses and professionals, and more than 70 activities, and consolidated itself as the reference event for design and business in Barcelona, and as one of the most important Design Weeks internationally

Holon (Israel), 11th of November 2013; Mayors of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, and Holon, Moti Sasson, accompanied by Luis Vendrell, member of the Executive Commission of BCD Barcelona Design Center, announced yesterday that Israel will be the guest country at the Barcelona Design Week 2014, event that will take place from 2 to 14 of June.

The announcement was undertaken during its visit to the Design Museum Holon, an event that was also attended by Alon Sapan, managing director of the Mediateque Center (cultural and artistic complex premises that includes the museum, the library and the Holon Research Center); Raphael Gamzou, Deputy Director of Culture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Israel; and Sònia Recasens, deputy mayor of Economy, Enterprise and Employment of the Barcelona City Council, amongst other personalities.

Aiming to show the creative and innovative potential of Israel, and to facilitate synergies and business opportunities with professionals and companies in Barcelona, the Barcelona Design Week 2014 will include a full programme of activities under the initiative ‘Guest Country: Israel’, organised in collaboration with the Design Museum Holon and the Embassy of Israel in Spain.
‘Guest country: Israel’ will focus on creative entrepreneurship and innovation, two strategic areas for both Israel and Barcelona. The activity programme will be composed of conferences, exhibitions, business meetings, networking sessions and a roundtable that will discuss about the creative and entrepreneurship system in Israel and Catalonia.

Mr. Trias stated that “the participation of Israel next year, thanks to the collaboration amongst
BCD, the Design Museum of Holon and the Israeli Embassy in Spain, will be a unique
opportunity to show the creative and entrepreneur potential of a country which is a world
leader in advanced technologies and research.”

Meanwhile, the representative of BCD, Lluís Vendrell, pointed out that “creative entrepreneurship and innovation are two strategic factors for both Barcelona and Israel. In this regard, the Barcelona Design Week is the ideal place to strengthen existing links and to create new business opportunities between companies and entrepreneurs in both regions”.
By taking part in the Barcelona Design Week 2014, Israel joins Austria (2011), Sweden (2012) and the Netherlands (2013) as guest country, a unique opportunity to show its creative and entrepreneur potential within an international event, as well as enhancing business and institutional links with Barcelona.

The Barcelona Design Week, organised by BCD since 2006, closed the last edition with over 5.000 attendees and 1.500 businesses and professionals, which took part in more than 70 activities. This event consolidated itself as the reference event for design and business in Barcelona, and as one of the most important Design Weeks internationally. The Barcelona Design Week has the support of the Barcelona City Council, the Generalitat (Autonomous Government) of Catalonia, and the sponsorship and collaboration of a large number of companies and professionals.

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