Roughly one third of Irish people live in the five big cities of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, with another third estimated to be living in our towns. Ireland, as such, is transitioning from being once a very rural country to an urban-centred society.
With Ireland having just experienced its worst weather event in over fifty years – in the shape of Storm Ophelia – it is unsurprising that climate change is once again a headline topic. While Ireland was being battered by wind and rain, Spain, Portugal and California were struggling to tame raging wildfires. Two weeks ago the port town of Killybegs was flooded following heavy rains and an unusually high tide.
The URBACT City Festival 2018 will celebrate the rising influence of cities as leading actors of change, throughout the 2-day event
On 13-14 September in Lisbon city practitioners, elected representatives, urban experts from all over Europe will work together, discuss the findings of 20 Action Planning Networks, and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the programme and the rising influence of cities as actors of change in Europe.
Please see the website http://2018cityfestival.urbact.eu/ and dedicated facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/209185986531384/