Host a City Talks

Host a City Talks Conference

Host a City Talks Conference

City Talks brings this forward-thinking experience to local communities around the world. City Talks Ideas Festivals are organized by curious members of our communities who are extremely passionate about discovering innovative conversations in their own cities, countries and regions. Except the Global chapter of City Talks that take place annually in Paris, other ideas festivals that include live-stage talks, working group sessions, roundtables discussions, networking parties are organized independently in different cities across the world under a license granted by CITY TALKS. 
The annual City Talks’ ideas festival in Paris (France) focuses mostly on these topics with a global perspective. 
City Talks has sister annual “regional” chapters independently and self-organized by very enthusiastic individuals on an annual and non-consecutively granted CITY TALKS license.
 
Who can host a City Talks Conference? 
If you want to host a CITY TALKS Ideas Festival in your town, you need to apply for a City Talks license. 
No one is eligible to organize an ideas festival without being granted a license by CITY TALKS. 
Being a global platform that is brought to life by hundreds of individuals on every continent, this calls for a set of basic rules. 
Below, you’ll find a set of rules for organizing a City Talks Ideas Festival in your city. Please note that these rules are non-negotiable and mandatory for all City Talks festival hosts and organizers—because it’s both our mandate and yours to maintain the integrity of CITY TALKS vision.
Licensing for the City Talks Ideas Festival:
  • We value and welcome young organizers from the age of 18 years old.
  • City Talks Ideas Festivals should not be used to promote spiritual or religious beliefs, commercial products or any form of political agenda.
  • Any applicants associated with controversial organizations are discouraged to apply.
  • Organizers shouldn’t affiliate the CITY TALKS brand with other events, festivals, conferences, non-profits or commercial agendas.
  • No one can organize a City Talks Ideas Festival in the same city consecutively. A City Talks Ideas Festival can only take place once per year, per city per continent.
  • CITY TALKS allocates one license series per applicant.
  • You must live in a city for which you are applying for a license.
  • Your City Talks Ideas Festival must happen in the city for which you received the license.
  • Your City Talks Ideas Festival license is valid for one year from its date of approval, and you must produce your event within that year..
  • City Talks Ideas Festival licenses are non-transferable—basically, you cannot transfer your CITY TALKS license to another individual or another city. If you want to relinquish your license to allow another organizer to have it, you must inform us first.
  • Keep in mind that CITY TALKS reserves the right to revoke any license at any time. 
City Talks festivals’ basics:
  • Modeled after the City Talks Global (in Paris) format, City Talks Ideas Festivals consist of a series of short, very carefully prepared talks, demonstrations, and performances on a wide range of subjects within these covered topics.
  • City Talks have to be less than 15 minutes long and should be delivered by a single presenter. 
  • Panels and audience Q&A are allowed.
  • Breakout sessions and workshops are allowed at City Talks, but have to take place outside of main stage sessions.
  • Your festival should maintain the spirit of City Talks Ideas Festivals. They have to be multidisciplinary, focusing on the power of innovative ideas to tackle future local, national and regional challenges.
  • A City Talks ideas festival may not exceed two days in length. 
  • All speakers, sponsors, attendees, and volunteers at City Talks are required to agree to the following code of conduct
Attendance:
  • Up to 70 individuals may attend your City Talks ideas festival (this depends on the license type given to the organizer).
  • Only individuals who have attended a City Talks Ideas Festival in Paris (France) may organize a festival of more than 70 participants. To be able to host a City Talks Ideas Festival of more than 70 participants, the applicant must pay a license fee to CITY TALKS. The amount varies and is agreed upon between the CITY TALKS and the license applicant. The primary license holder—the individual whose name is on the application form—must have attended a City Talks Ideas Festival in Paris. Other City Talks Ideas Festival are not qualifying.
Talks and content
  • Avoid any commercial agenda. Speakers are not authorized to promote their own products, books, or businesses, or those of a company that hires them. City Talks Ideas Festival’s presentations can only feature product demos or books that inform an idea presented in a talk.
  • Every talk's content must be in compliance with local, regional and international copyright laws.
  • CITY TALKS speakers have to inform the organizer beforehand of any third-party material that will be used in their presentations and seek written permissions to copyrighted materials when necessary.
  • CITY TALKS won’t assist organizers or speakers with this process or act as a consultant on individual cases.

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