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The Urban Festival & The Art of Happiness in Cities Photographic Exhibition

Location
Edgbaston Park Hotel 53 Edgbaston Park Road Birmingham B15 2RS
Dates
Tuesday 22nd (10:00) - Friday 25th October 2019 (15:00)
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The Urban Festival consists a series of events to explore different angles from which the University of Birmingham Business School is engaging with the city, policy makers and society at large. It was inspired by the School’s Happiness in Cities project, which aims to understand how different communities across Birmingham contribute to the city's development and how this diversity can help us build happier cities. 

Photo from the Art of Happiness in Cities Exhibition by Alexander KharlamovAccording to the United Nations, 68% of the world population will live in urban areas by 2050. Yet, modern cities still fail to maximize people's potential. Using the city of Birmingham as an example, the Happiness in Cities project aims to understand how different communities across Birmingham contribute to the city's development and how this diversity can help us build happier cities.

Each day of the festival will take place in the Lloyd Room at the University of Birmingham Edgbaston Park Hotel within a unique photographic exhibition inspired by the Happiness in Cities Project.

The Art of Happiness in Cities Exhibition has been produced by Alexander Kharlamov using Film Photography & Silver Gelatin Fine Printing. The exhibition features many different communities from all parts of Birmingham to showcase diversity, inclusivity and multi-cultural vibrancy of city. 

Schedule

Click on the Event Days below to find out more and sign-up!

Stan's Cafe drama groupDay One: The future of our city: where next for leadership inclusivity? 

Tuesday 22 October, 10:00 - 15:05

The University of Birmingham's WE LEAD in collaboration with local theatre innovators, Stan’s Cafe and author Jon Bloomfield invites you to join us for a unique experience of research through visual and performance arts.

Find out more: Day One

Sunrise over Selfridges, BirminghamDay Two: Building the Technology Ecosystem to Innovate Financial and Professional Services in the West Midlands

Wednesday 23 October, 17:30 - 19:00

Join our panel discussion that will explore how we adopt new technologies to innovate financial and professional services in the West Midlands by taking an honest look at where our capabilities lie and how we turn these to our advantage.

Find out more: Day Two

Montage of photographic scenes from city of BirminghamDay Three: Urban Analytics Workshop

Thursday 24 October, 10:00 - 16:00

As part of the Urban Festival & the Art of Happiness in Cities Photographic Exhibition the Birmingham Business School Economics Department invites you to join a day of Urban Analytics workshop sessions, hosted by Professor Ganna Pogrebna.

Find out more: Day Three

Montage of photographic scenes from city of BirminghamDay Four: Sustainable Future in the City: Student Competition

Friday 25 October, 11:00 - 15:00

Students are invited to come up with ideas about how to improve the responsible business eco-efficiency in the city of Birmingham.

Find out more: Day Four

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