Festival Mission Statement

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UrbanPhotoFest is an annual photographic arts festival focusing on cities and urban spaces across a variety of global contexts. We aim to provide an engaging and culturally relevant programme that reflects on visual approaches to contemporary urban life and the image of the city. Our programme of events includes a festival conference, exhibitions, seminars, education events, workshops, urban walks and portfolio reviews; all of which are overseen by a steering group of lens-media artists and urban researchers.

The festival collaborates with a number of international arts and academic institutions, combining internationally established and emerging artists, urban theorists and researchers. Together their work addresses critical urbanism within its varied and diverse forms.

We believe that photography plays an important role in opening up debates about urban change, voice and the condition of the city.