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Wednesday 6 May

11:00 / 12:30


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12:30 / 14:00

Welcome Lunch

14:00 / 15:00


Be welcomed by the Mayor of Riga, get a full briefing about the festival format, and start to meet other Festival participants

15:00 / 16:30

Deep-dive Work Shops

Explore complex urban ecosystems of 1 of 4 thematic challenges

15:00 / 16:30

Master Classes

Lectures on key economic, social and environmental trends

16:30 / 17:45

Meet the cities

Exchange directly with city representatives in an informal setting, on city stories and good practices

18:00 / 20:30

Icebreaking cocktail

Celebrate the first night of the Festival. Welcome by Kaspars Gerhards, Latvian Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development and by Nicola De Michelis, Director DG Regio, EC

Thursday 7 May

08:15 / 09:30

Networking coffee

Make a date for morning coffee with old friends and new, or just turn up to network & search for partners

09:30 / 10:15

Get Inspired

10:15 / 15:00

Walk Shops

Go on a mix of urban safari and interactive working sessions, organized by on-going URBACT networks

15:00 / 17:30

Unpacking Knowledge

Back at base after the walkshops, share the day’s findings and start to capture new ideas

17:30 / 18:30

Urbact Cafe

Discuss key urban issues in national languages in small groups