SEE the creative strength, passion and exotica of Southeast Europe
We see BIG SEE.
BIG SEE is the newest, latest and most exiting emerging platform under the BIG umbrella. SEE is Southeast Europe. And it brings together 18 countries and 250 million people in what we feel, claim and exclaim is the most compelling, most creative region in the world. .
We here in the SEE region have a unique take on Europe and the larger world beyond. We’re able to step outside the common Eurocentric view and offer up something a little different – different in terms of both interpretation and production. Because there’s a lot to know, see and experience – and very few channels through which to get the message out there, and turn the gaze back here, where Europe proper began way back when.
And the 18 countries? From the Adriatic-Ionian, the Balkan-Mediterranean and from the Danube region: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, The Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Serbia.
BIG WE SEE
BIG is oficially an institution, Centre for Creative Economy of Southeast Europe, in practice is a big umbrella for a variety of compelling creative endeavours based in the City of Design, in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. And all with a common purpose: to bring strong creative practices closer to audiences everywhere in the larger region. As publisher (HIŠE magazine), event organiser (Month of Design, Big Architecture, Big Awards) and now, steering the new BIG SEE creative platform, BIG brings together individuals, institutions and companies to explore and celebrate everything this dynamic region has to offer.
BIG SEE NOW
The BIG SEE platform – the BIG SEE brand – recognises the great production and potential of an array of spheres and sectors, from architecture and design; art, culture and lifestyle; sports, science, education and politics; business and commerce; and travel, food and hospitality.
BIG SEE’s annual program will bring people from the creative and business sectors from all 18 SEE countries together into the BIG SEE initiative – as part of awards, conferences, festivals, exhibitions and pavilions. Because we’re determined to bring the business of creativity and the creativity of business closer together – to work and succeed TOGETHER.
Ultimately BIG SEE will construct national pavilions – rather in the spirit of Venice and the World Expo, but open on-site or on-line all year round, in an all new contemporary take on the traditional exposition scheme. Because pavilions serve as inspiring, focused frameworks for showcasing all that is special about a discipline and an entire country or region.
If it’s smart, innovative and compelling, we’re interested; if it’s distinctive, curious and captivating we’re all in. And we want to talk about it, build it, exhibit it; debate, publish, serve and share.
BIG SEE COLLABORATION
BIG SEE aims to systematically explore and celebrate the creative strength, passion and exotica of this very special region, together.Together with all its many regional partners study, BIG SEE serves as a unique forum to discuss and develop SEE’s cultural, economic and political role, and its significance and influence on a globalised and increasingly fractured world. Because BIG SEE supports all that is creative, forward-looking and full of compelling potential; because we want to good things and share our knowledge, experience, exotica and exquisite good taste with everyone.
BIG SEE will define an ambitious and far-reaching ongoing all-year programme that will be developed in close collaboration with SEE countries, government, embassies and consulates, institutions and companies. Together we will identify, connect and profle the people and ideas that best represent the best of SEE’s forward-looking values.
Individually – as individuals, regions or entire states – we cannot hope to develop ambitious initiatives alone. But by supporting a larger common vision, by working together, we can realise, share and gain from the fruits of our creative collaboration. Because together we are stronger.
BIG SEE AT MONTH OF DESIGN
The first edition of BIG SEE – as event, dialogue, exposition, opportunity – will unfold as the central component in renowned Month of Design, Oct 16 – Nov 23, 2018 in Ljubljana. On the ticket: Let’s See the New World and so much more currently in the works.
We stand firmly behind our ambitious vision; and hope other like-minded parties are thinking the same way. Come join us; support us by coming along, taking part, exploring the potential of all that is out there and outlined here in. We are looking forward to your contribution – in terms of interest, input, resources, connections and networking; your involvement.
We are curious, forward-looking and optimistic; we are local and global. We are BIG from SEE and we have something special to share – with anyone who dares to care and cares to dare. Come SEE BIG.