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Our international festival is now in its ninth year, and I am pleased to announce the dates of this year’s event will be Thursday 3 – Tuesday 8 November.  UPF has evolved through a number of conversations, research initiatives and exhibitions involving a wide range of partners and contributors from the areas of visual arts, photography and film, education, urban research and the social sciences. Originally, the festival started out as a series of annual Urban Encounters symposia held at Tate Britain and has broadened out to include seminars, workshops, masterclasses, walks, exhibitions and portfolio reviews.

This year, the festival will focus on Photography, Memory and the Archive, collaborating with Tate Modern, Goldsmiths, Kingston and Falmouth Universities, Westminster Kingsway College, the Urban Photographers’ Association (UPA), London Independent Photography (LIP), Openvizor, International Urban Photography Summer School (iUPSS), the Old Deptford Police Station, Lewisham Art House, APT Gallery, and Greenwich Gallery. We have also programmed a masterclass with Dario Mitidieri  in association with The Mango Lab examining the relationship between urban space and memory.  Photographer, architect and curator, Stefano Carnelli has brought together ten exhibitions within the Urban Photo Village, and visitors to the area are encouraged to walk around the area in order to see how the exhibiting artists have responded to the festival theme.

UrbanPhotoFest is also pleased to welcome Tanya Houghton as our festival artist. Tanya will concentrate on how diaspora food cultures create conditions and sites of collective memory, and she will be offering a workshop and installation as part of the festival exhibition programme.

In addition to the main conference which will be held on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November, we are offering a series of walks on Sunday, where participants will be encouraged to consider how urban spaces relate to social memory, and how notions of ‘archive’ are shifting and developing as the digital age impacts on cultures of making. There will also be photographic exhibitions at a number of London venues, and more details of the exhibitions programme will follow shortly.

Finally, we launched our inaugural UrbanPhotoFest Open, organised by urban photographer and UPA Director of Education Gill Golding. Building on last year’s Conference, the first Open focused on the theme of (re:)Thinking the Streets; and the response was fantastic. The competition submissions were consistently of a very high quality, and in the competition section of our website, international artist Rut Blees Luxemburg gives some insightful feedback, about the twenty images selected from a field of over five hundred. We will be announcing this year’s competition winners during UrbanPhotoFest, and also confirm the forthcoming year’s competition theme; so look out for this if you are planning to enter and have your work seen as part of an international photographic festival.

Paul Halliday

Creative Director