More speakers, tours, and info on workshops will be added to this page as they are confirmed.


Wednesday 8 June

Scene-setting afternoon city tours to acquaint and reacquaint delegates with Belfast, followed by a Civic Reception at City Hall.

Afternoon Tours

These tours will run simultaneously and Wednesday attendees will be invited to register for their preferred tour in advance.

Belfast City of Music Walking Tour
Location: Starts from Oh Yeah Centre

Belfast City of Music Bus Tour
Location: Starts from Oh Yeah Centre

Belfast’s Secret Peace Lines Bus Tour
Location: Starts from Ulster University
With Dr. David Coyles

Belfast Architecture Bus Tour
Details to be announced

More to be announced.

Civic Reception

Drinks reception with a city welcome and cultural performances.
Location: Belfast City Hall


Thursday 9 June

Congress Belfast Day with morning sessions at The MAC and afternoon workshops across the city, followed by Cultural Reception at Ulster Museum.

Actions or Visions?

Northern Ireland Executive Speaker
To be confirmed

Peter Burke TD
Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, Irish Government

Belfast City Council Speaker
To be confirmed

What is a City? What is Belfast?

Fiona Bell
Chief Executive, Thrive

Deborah Colville
City Innovation Manager and Head of Smart Belfast, Belfast City Council 

Michele Bryans
Chief Executive, EastSide Partnership

Simon Hamilton
Chief Executive, Belfast Chamber of Commerce

Investing in Places for Impact – Panel Discussion

Daniel McKendry
Principal Landscape Architect, A&DS

Andrew Haley AoU
Chair, Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment

More panellists to be announced.

Afternoon Workshops: Opportunities from Obstacles

These workshops will run simultaneously and Thursday attendees will be invited to register for their preferred workshop in advance. The workshops will be followed by a Lessons Learned session at Ulster Museum.

Maritime Mile: The city’s old waterfront made new
Themes: Heritage & Arts led Regeneration, Mixed-Use Development, Digital Connectivity, Waterfront vitality

Inner East: Inclusive inner-city growth
Themes: City Centre Living, Brownfield Regeneration, Inclusive Planning

Shaftesbury Square & Botanic: Creating a welcoming public realm
Themes: Public Realm, Traffic Management, Dereliction, Methods of Co-Design

Weaver’s Cross: transport investment for regeneration
Themes: Public Transport, Active Travel, Green Infrastructure

Cathedral Quarter: Culture or Development? Or both?
Themes: Arts and Culture, Built Heritage, Further Education & Student Living, Tourism, Dereliction

Further details on these workshops as well as registration info to be announced.

Congress Belfast Day Reporting

Brokering Collaboration in Cities
Speaker to be announced

Drinks reception with cultural performance

Drinks reception with cultural performance.
Location: Ulster Museum


Friday 10 June

Congress International Day at Crumlin Road Gaol, followed by Congress Dinner* at Carlisle Memorial Church.

Informing Experiences

Ramon Marrades
Director of Placemaking Europe and Strategy Advisor to the Creative Bureaucracy Festival

Martin Hulse
Trust Manager, Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust and Trustee, Heritage Trust Network

Abby Garrison
VP Community Investments, United Way of Greater Chattanooga and Former Director of Causeway, Chattanooga

Breakout Discussions

These discussion groups will run simultaneously and Friday attendees will be invited to register for their preferred discussion in advance.

Urban Stories = Urban Design:
How the stories of people inform the design of places

How to Green a City:
A User’s Guide

Rural Urbanism:
The future of village & town high streets

Further details on these workshops as well as registration info to be announced.

Climate Leadership

Robert Burns
Director of Housing and Community Development, Fingal County Council 

Professor John Barry
Co-chair of the Belfast Climate Commission and Professor of Green Political Economy,
Queens University Belfast

Cities Overcoming Challenges

Closing Congress keynote. Speaker to be announced.

Congress Dinner

Drinks and dinner with cultural performances.
Location: Carlisle Memorial Church

*Congress Dinner is included in all 3 day tickets except Charity/Community. If your ticket doesn’t include Congress Dinner or you would like to bring additional guests, Dinner only tickets can be bought on Eventbrite.


See map below for venues and workshop sites. All are within 20-30 minutes walking distance from City Hall, some much shorter.