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European Design Award comes to Cologne

One of the leading competitions in the European communication design sector has been successfully persuaded to come to Cologne

On 24 May 2014, the European Design Award will be presented for the first time in Cologne. In its bid for this top-class design event, Cologne successfully competed against cities such as Vienna, Prague and Hamburg.

Cologne’s application and support process was primarily managed by KölnTourismus GmbH’s Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB), which acted together with the head of the department for economic affairs and properties, Ute Berg.

“I’m very delighted that the European Design Awards 2014 will be presented here in Cologne in May,” says Berg. “It gives Cologne an advantage over other renowned cities that competed for the award, such as Prague, Vienna and Hamburg – and it demonstrates once again that Cologne is the centre of the creative industry. The design sector is well represented in our city and contributes greatly to its dynamism and appeal, as well as to the success of the Cologne economy.”

The European Design Award is one of the leading European competitions for communication design. It is presented annually to honour Europe’s best achievements in the fields of graphic design, illustration and digital design.

"We are thrilled to be hosting the 2014 European Design events in the great city of Cologne. We look forward to holding this unique gathering of talented design professionals in a city so full of history and life. Especially the open-minded and cheerful people we met during the site inspections helped us to make the decision for the destination easily,” says Demetrios Fakinos, Managing Director of European Design.

The awards are presented in a different European city every year. After having been held in Athens, Stockholm, Zurich, Rotterdam, Vilnius, Helsinki and Belgrade, the event will now take place in the Comedia in Cologne. The design event will begin in the afternoon with a conference at which major European design studios will present their works before the festive awards ceremony takes place in the evening. The event is jointly organized by 15 European communication design magazines.

“In future bids, Cologne will focus even more strongly on linking the congress sector with the local areas of economic and scientific expertise,” explains Josef Sommer, CEO of KölnTourismus GmbH. “We’re proud that we were able to optimally draw the city’s various players together to bring the European Design Award to Cologne.”

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