Be there in Belfast

The Annual Congress is open to everyone.

Congress is an inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining opportunity to exchange ideas and hear leading-edge thinking from urbanists around the globe.

Congress in Belfast represents an opportunity to combine some of the current strategic issues such as A Bolder Vision and the work of the High Streets Task Force and major cultural place-focused cultural initiatives such as UNESCO City of Music and the forthcoming Year of Culture, to explore how people and communities can be engaged in the city’s authentic placemaking.

Be there in Belfast

Cities Overcoming Challenges

Cities face many challenges. An uncertain world, laid bare by Covid 19 and the impacts of a climate in crisis, is testing how we use our urban places and what they look like as never before. Whether home working and online shopping or tourism and spaces for cultural production, our cities and towns need to adapt ever more quickly. 

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Cities Overcoming Challenges

Join Congress to tackle these challenges

Informing Experiences

Belfast has a history of overcoming challenges. Its long heritage of resilience and three decades of change is not all you think you know.

Lessons of Resilience

Belfast is not alone in being resilient, but it does have some particular stories. Its women, LGBTQ+ community, and accessibility advocates all have something to say about how its complicated past holds intriguing lessons for places anew.

Building Climate Leadership

Effective climate leadership will define not only the long-term future of our cities but of our planet.


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