Friday, 21 October 2016

Cities as Community Spaces - A Conference

Cities as Community Spaces is the third annual conference organised by the Valletta 2018 Foundation. The conference will take place between the 23rd and 25th November in different community spaces in Valletta.

The main aim of the conference is to focus and explore the role of community spaces in the cities and the interaction between different communities. Whilst it is being based in Malta’s capital city - soon to be the European Capital of Culture - the sessions are about issues of international interest and that could be applied to various cities throughout the Mediterranean and Europe as well as beyond.

The conference will be exploring the following six main themes:

Driving Seats - Community Driven Spaces
Moving Walls - Community Contested Spaces
Creative Revivors - Developing Creative Spaces
City Starters - City Space as an Empowerment Tool
#Community - Online Community Spaces
Policity - Policy for Active Community Spaces

Representatives of community organisations as well as researchers, cultural practitioners and policy makers will be participating and sharing their professional views. Nonetheless, the conference is also open to community members, members of community groups and non-governmental organisations as well as local councils who will have different opportunities to share their experience and network with their international counterparts. The Plenary Sessions will be held at the King’s Own Band Club in Republic Street whilst the Parallel Sessions will be divided also among San Gorg Preca Primary School, Spazju Kreattiv and Splendid which has now been reopened as an exhibition and performance space in Strait Street. The Crypt of the Church of St Augustine will be used for networking sessions including dinners.

There will be an accompanying social programme which includes an artistic installation and short film screenings. 

A full programme of events is available here:

Registration for the conference closes on the 31st October 2016. If you would like to attend, you may confirm your registration by clicking the button at the top right hand of the Programme page.

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