URBACT City Festival
Driving Change for Better Cities
URBACT enables cities to work together to develop new and sustainable solutions to major urban challenges, through networking, sharing knowledge, and building capacities for urban practitioners. It is funded by the European Union Development Fund and EU Partner and Member States since 2002.
Europe’s cities are invited to come to Lisbon, Portugal on 13-14 September for the 2018 edition of the URBACT City Festival. Celebrating cities as actors of change in Europe, URBACT’s Festival is open to all EU city representatives.
The Festival will provide opportunities for cities to network and learn from each other on key topics of integrated urban development. Participants will be able to create their own Festival path, choosing from over 50 different interactive sessions, including walkshops, labs, a marketplace and breakout sessions.
The main content of the 2018 URBACT City Festival has been generated by the 200+ European cities who have worked together over the past two-and-a-half years in URBACT ‘Action Planning Networks’. These networks have worked on issues covering a range of sustainable urban development themes.
Cities and networks will share their particular experiences and knowledge gained. The URBACT programme will also be sharing the outputs and messages it has pulled together from different networks on key themes, including integrated and participative urban development, urban mobility, innovative urban planning, re-making the city, gender-equal cities, digital cities, integration of migrants, and cities of the future.
The URBACT City Festival will provide a unique opportunity to dive deep into this knowledge and exchange with the cities at the forefront of new ideas and practices in these fields.
For about 15 years, the URBACT programme has been the European Territorial Cooperation programme aiming to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe. It is an instrument of the Cohesion Policy, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the 28 Member States, Norway & Switzerland.
URBACT’s mission is to enable cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges, by networking, learning from one another’s experiences, drawing lessons and identifying good practices to improve urban policies.
Following the success of the URBACT I and II programmes, URBACT III (2014-2020) has been developed to continue to promote sustainable integrated urban development and contribute to the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy(link is external)