We set the stage for some serious out-of-the-box thinking during a three-day event on 

urban policy practices.

URBACT City Festival

October 3-5, 2017 — Tallinn, Estonia


How to showcase urban good practices in a way that is creative and inspiring?

Hosted by URBACT, the European Territorial Cooperation programme aiming to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe, and organised by Cecoforma, the URBACT City Festival 2017 was not your traditional conference.

Hundreds of cities joined together in Tallinn, Estonia for a unique three-day event. Over 450 urban practitioners, policymakers and elected representatives discovered a wealth of ideas and initiatives from small and large cities in every corner of Europe. Through structured sessions and chance encounters, participants had the chance to exchange with the urban professionals directly responsible for these initiatives. Cecoforma organised study visits, speed networking, exhibition areas, cocktail receptions, plenary and thematic sessions and a closing party. We designed the complex event to make it feel like one fluid and cohesive experience.

URBACT's events are always challenging: the agenda is very packed and complete, and participants have high expectations in terms of learning, networking and fun.

As event organiser, it means lots of flexibility, strong logistics and liters of coffee!

Bertrand Brach


Each session was devoted to showcasing the 97 good practices gathered by URBACT from 25 European countries to make cities more resilient, inclusive and liveable. A third of the participants were also speakers, and we designed innovative presentation formats to help them share their ideas in a dynamic way. We adapted the “PechaKucha 20x20” presentation format for the “Spotlight on Cities” sessions and came up with a unique marketplace concept for the “Meet the Cities” sessions. 

Independent business hub Telliskivi Creative City provided a city experience that was as much a part of the programme as the speakers and sessions. Participants went home inspired by the innovative atmosphere and armed with ingenious new ideas for implementing best practices and putting their city on a course for better policy delivery.