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City of the Future - 10th and 11th August 2022

Join Take Back the City for two days of workshops, talks, food and fun to explore innovative solutions to the key issues facing our city.

Climate-change, homelessness and the cost of living crisis are just some of the issues that Belfast needs to get to grips with.

This August, the Take Back the City coalition invites the citizens of Belfast (and beyond) to an event during which we hope to sketch out solutions to these problems.

Registration for Day One is essential. Sign up for the craic here. If you are finding it difficult to register contact

Day Two will be more family focused with activities for children.

9.30am: Registration

Tea, coffee will be served with some tasty treats from around the world.

Make your Own Seed Bomb stall will be open.

10am: A vision for the future

Presentations by the Take Back The City Coalition on the campaign to build Belfast’s first sustainable community.

11:00am: Comfort break

Over forty architects from four continents are participating in the City of the Future design competition – grab a coffee and get a sneak peak at the work in progress.

11:15am: How can the law advance the right to a sustainable home?

‘Housing is a human right’, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commissioner, Alyson Kilpatrick.

‘The legal case for a sustainable future’, Nicholas Quinn Solicitors. Learn more about how power is responding to Judicial Review 204, a family in housing need who recently quashed Belfast City Council planning processes in the high court.

12:30pm: Lunch

1pm: The Right to Grow

Land justice and the House of Lords - presentations on how campaigners and decision makers are teaming up to support public access to land in England - with Pam Warhurst (Incredible Edible) and Dr Hugh Ellis (Town and Country Planning Association)

3pm: Closing remarks

10am: Welcome to the Garden

Doors open – register for activities

10.30 – 11.30pm: Food For Free

Learn how to forage for food at Springfield Dam, bilingual nature walk & plant lore with Aoife de Bhál

11.30 – 12.30pm: How a sustainable neighbourhood at Mackie’s will help us respond to the climate crisis

Valter Mira, permaculture specialist

10.30 – 1.30pm: Take a Seat: Make a 3-legged sustainable stool

Craig Sands,  GROW NI.

12.30pm Lunch

Sample international food and make your own Pizza with Anaka Women’s Collective.

1 – 2pm: Active Hope

A workshop on how to face the climate mess without going crazy with Lynda Sullivan.

Ongoing indoor and outdoor activities - 10am - 3pm

  • Street-Space with Agustina Martire, Queens University Belfast - explore Belfast’s potential with maps and 3d models.
  • Photo mapping Belfast – learn how to use your phone and Take Back the City mapping technology to assess the city’s potential.
  • Don’t say it – do it: Na habair é, déan é - How guerrilla gardeners are reshaping Belfast – a visual presentation.
  • Taste the Opera – A musical treat.
  • From the Ground - Sample fresh fruit & vegetables from local community garden
  • International food stalls and wood fired pizzas
  • Fermented food stall by The Multi-cultured Club
  • Whittling new spoons from old trees with Neil Dowson
  • Tea for free / Herbal Self Care with Leasha Hogan
  • Make your own herb planter from leftover pallets with Jane McMahon
  • Plants for Free – how to take cuttings & Grow Your Own Superfoods with Claire Peacock
  • Arts, crafts and giant bubbles
  • Make our water safe – be part of a city wide team testing our tap water for lead with Tristan Sturm from Queens University Belfast

City of the Future will utilise indoor and outdoor spaces. Bring suitable clothes in case of rain. Some activities will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Please let us know if you have any translation, accessibility or dietary requirements. We’ll be happy to help.

Use #TakeBackTheCity hashtag to keep the conversation going on social media. Check this site for all updates.

To take part in the City of the Future art competition for children click here.

To take part in the City of the Future international competition for urban designers click here.

Take Back the City logo The Take Back the City coalition was formed in 2021 to develop sustainable solutions to Belfast’s housing crisis. We are families in housing need supported by experts in architecture, urban planning, housing policy, technology, communications, permaculture, human rights and equality.
Supported by
Oak Foundation logo PPR logo Queens University Belfast logo Town and Country Planning Association logo