Until 1989, the state had a centralised design policy with multiple centres for fashion design, industrial design, and more. In recent years, this sector has been absolutely market-driven, developing without state-level dynamic support, and is among the top three sectors in the value-added cultural and creative industries.
One of the important design events in Bulgaria is ONE DESIGN WEEK. This is an international festival of design and visual culture which takes place in the city of Plovdiv every June. Its programme includes a professional forum with distinguished names from around the world and an extensive programme of events aimed at the broader audience – including exhibitions, workshops, discussions, talks, screenings, parties and a kids programme. The festival’s first edition was in 2009 and it has been successful ever since.