Budapest. The Unesco City Of Design

Budapest is a metropolis, a dynamically growing creative industry and startup capital of the Central and Eastern European Region and it functions as a bridge between the neighboring regions and has a transfer role in the relation of East and West, as well as North and South in the transfer and dissemination of culture, innovation, goods, capital, skilled labor and knowledge. As a European capital establishing itself during the course of history, Budapest is a valuable and key cultural, social and economic value and a regional hub. Budapest is the national center of knowledge, the primary Hungarian source of economic growth and innovation and has unique cultural and architectural characteristics and strong social integration force and appropriate potential for economic development. Within Budapest, the most dynamically growing area of the creative industry between 2008 and 2012 was design, in particular design graphics and the fields of product design and fashion design. Budapest is a scene of a multitude of grassroots initiatives, whereas the supporting of the creative industry is a recognized means of economic development both in municipal and governmental politics.

Budapest offers favorable circumstances to the creative industry with a focus on the promotion of values characterizing the industrial branch. It contributes to inter-company cooperation by organizing networking events and the sharing of information, which are based on research. The city hosts a multitude of unique initiatives on a sector level and links early stage enterprises to facilitate the start of innovation projects. Strategic cooperation is also achieved with other industrial branches, which generate value, growth, and development.

In 2015 Budapest became Unesco City of Design. As a Creative City of Design, Budapest envisages:

  • implementing an incubation programme for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the field of design, open to creative entrepreneurs from Budapest and other Creative Cities of Design;
  • fostering networking through the Made in the City initiative, aimed at establishing cross-cutting activities between creative fields covered by the Network;
  • involving other Creative Cities in Budapest’s major events, such as the Design Week Budapest, the Brain Bar Budapest and the Budapest 3D Printing Days, to share innovative ideas and experiences in connecting creativity, new technologies, and sustainable development; and
  • increasing the quality of urban life through the Smart City Lab, serving as a platform between civil society and public institutions for the systematic improvement of municipal urban planning.

Did you know that…?

  • Budapest, today the capital of Hungary, used to be one of the capitals of Austria-Hungary. The city enjoyed the benefits of heterogeneity in terms of ethnic origin, which also moulded Budapest into the vibrant city that it is today.
  • Beside traditional bastions of culture like the National Museum, the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Hall (Műcsarnok), the National Dance Theatre and the Hungarian Heritage House, countless independent galleries, exhibition spaces, workshops and incubator houses keep the artistic pulse of the city racing.
  • Budapest also hosts a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second-oldest metro line in the world.
  • Budapest is renowned for its versatile cultural life including numerous theatres, architecture, art cinemas and festivals like the Budapest Spring Festival and the CAFE Budapest Autumn Festival.
  • The Müpa (Palace of Arts) opened its doors in 2005 to offer cultural events of a high quality. The institution’s mission is to introduce new artistic trends and directions — while respecting Hungarian and European artistic traditions — and to attract both the connoisseurs and new audiences.
  • Budapest has recently become synonymous with ruin pubs (i.e. abandoned apartment buildings) taken over by entrepreneurial, young creative professionals and turned into profitable and fashionable hangouts. Szimpla Kert (simple garden) served as a pioneer of the movement and turned Kazinczy Street and its environs into a hub of Budapest nightlife.