Santander Bank Polska invites to Urban Cinema by Santander during World Urban Forum

The review of films on urban issues, which is organised by Santander Bank Polska together with the Institute for Urban and Regional Development, is an event accompanying the 11th session of the World Urban Forum in Katowice, the largest and most important international event devoted to the topic of sustainable urbanisation. Admission to the screenings is free.

Through film screenings and accompanying discussions with special guests, the Bank wants to promote knowledge and encourage a broader public debate on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including those that are devoted to the harmonious and environmentally friendly development of human settlements that eliminate all spatial and social inequalities. The event also aims to spread the idea of sustainable urbanisation and create a field of discussion between experts and inhabitants.

During the three-day Urban Cinema by Santander event in Katowice the viewers will be able to watch films made by filmmakers from different parts of the world, including Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil. All the screenings have one common denominator – the city, its development, problems and the lives of its inhabitants, as well as issues related to the sustainable development of our everyday living space.

The screenings will include feature films, such as „Blocks” by Konrad Królikowski, shorts made available by courtesy of the UN-Habitat Better Cities Film Festival, as well as other titles, such as „Copenhagen: Towards Climate Neutrality” by Annette Plomin, Andreas Ammer, and Bianca Hauda or „Breath” by Piotr Biedroń.

Each day, film screenings will be accompanied by meetings with invited guests, including authors of the screened films, local government officials and municipal activists. Invitations to participate in the event have been accepted, among others, by Filip Springer and Beata Chomątowska.

Urban Cinema by Santander will take place on June 28-30 at the Rialto Theatre in Katowice, 24 Św. Jana St. The full programme of the event and the schedule of screenings can be found at Admission to the events is free. The cinema space is adapted for wheelchair users.

The World Urban Forum is organised for the eleventh time, but for the first time in Poland, in Katowice. The idea of the World Urban Forum was initiated in 2001 by UN-HABITAT. Its first host was Nairobi, and subsequent editions were held in Barcelona, Vancouver, Nanjing, Rio de Janeiro, Naples, Medellin, Kuala Lumpur and Abu Dhabi. This largest international event aims to raise awareness of sustainable urbanisation among a wide range of stakeholders. It takes place every two years and hosts over 20,000 participants representing governments, regions, cities, NGOs and financial institutions. In addition to the main programme, as part of the World Urban Forum, Katowice will host many accompanying events in the urban space. The full list of events can be found at