The Hague, Monday 28 October 2019

How brave are you!?

The city is alive and features prominently on the agenda. On yours too? Block Monday 28 October in your diary and join us for the Dag van de Stad (Day of the City) 2019 in The Hague. During this annual event, all urban professionals meet for a day of inspiration and share knowledge for economically strong, sustainable, future-proof and liveable cities.

Under the title ‘How brave are you?!’, we provide a platform for courageous entrepreneurs, architects, theatre makers, scientists, representatives of civic organisations, active residents and administrators. The one thing all these people have in common is their guts, cojones and bravura. The Dag van de Stad offers a warm welcome to urban visionaries who dare to see beyond the obvious. To people who are not afraid to think outside the box, keep off the beaten track and map out a new course. Showing courage also means standing for what you believe in even in difficult circumstances, for example when you are threatened, intimidated or mocked. How do you stay the course both professionally and personally?

The Dag van de Stad is a day both for and of the urban professional and that is why the programme is created together with you. The backbone of this year's programme consists of eight inspiring formats. Among many proposals the Jury will select the best and they will be presented on this website as soon as possible.

Still not sure if you want to be a participant of The Dag van de Stad? Watch this video and be convinced by Robert van Asten, alderman of The Hague:


Based on all the great entries we hope to receive, a great programme will be put together, complemented by key speakers who will share their authoritative knowledge and insights in ‘last lectures’. The programme will eventually be announced in its entirety in the summer. But why wait to register and run the risk of missing out? And now that you are here, why not register now as a visitor to the Dag van de Stad 2019!

It goes without saying that we will keep you posted in the months to come. Watch this site for updates on confirmed speakers and other relevant developments.


In the next few months, we will be able to announce more and more of the great programme we have in store for you on the Dag van de Stad 2019, held in The Hague on 28 October. It promises to be an inspiring day with last lectures from key speakers, great city safaris organised by the municipality of The Hague, lower house debates, test labs, Pecha Kuchas and much more – all with the aim to learn from each other about the major urban issues of today and the future, such as energy, climate, inclusiveness and security.

We hope to meet as many urban professionals as possible on 28 October. Do you want to make sure you are one of them? Why wait until we have completed the entire programme –register now as a visitor to the Dag van de Stad 2019!

This link will take you to a secure registration form, allowing us to handle your data with due care.


Do you want to have a minute-by-minute account of what to expect on the Dag van de Stad? Have a complete picture of all the international key speakers and inspiring contributions from cities who are all looking to find the perfect solution for their urban issues? Unfortunately, you will have to be patient for a little while longer, but before the summer starts we will be able to announce the programme in its entirety. Until then, make sure to regularly visit this site for programme updates or the latest information, or sign up for the newsletter if you want to be kept up to date.

It goes without saying that this year's focus will again be on the main issues for cities, in respect of which we are always looking for smart crossover solutions encompassing several themes. These themes are:

  • Energy, Climate and Sustainability
  • Health
  • Safety
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Social domain
  • Art and Culture
  • Construction
  • Mobility
  • Governance and Collaboration

Did you know that a large part of this year's programme consists of eight inspiring and proven formats?


Last lectures

Biographies of speakers for the 2019 Day of the City

Opening door

Last lectures Blok 1: 10.30 - 12.30 uur

Lunchlezing: 12.45 - 13.30 uur

Last lectures Blok 2: 13.45 - 15.30 uur

Afsluiting door

Director program

We organize thematic lunches especially for (governance) directors. Together with experts, they discuss the most current tasks for the city.

With contributions from: Ben van Berkel (architect), Carolien Gehrels (directeur Big Urban Clients programma Arcadis), Carsten Herstel (directeur-generaal Sociale Zekerheid en Integratie bij SZW), Ellen Lastdrager (managing director Traffic & Transport TNO), Jan van Zanen (burgemeester Utrecht), Maarten Hajer (hoogleraar Urban Futures aan de Universiteit van Utrecht), Maarten Schurink (secretaris-generaal bij BZK), Marijke van Hees (voorzitter van de landelijke Retailagenda), Marja van Bijsterveldt (burgemeester Delft), Martin van Rijn (politicus, bestuurder), Paul Depla (burgemeester Den Haag), Pieter Hilhorst (politicus, politicoloog en publicist), Robert van Asten (wethouder Mobiliteit, Cultuur en Strategie gemeente Den Haag), experts van Rebel Group en meer!

These lunches are private and by invitation. Are you a director and are you interested? Contact

2018 Review

Well over 1,800 urban professionals, active residents, scientists, companies and civic organisations met on Monday 29 October 2018 at the Wagenwerkplaats in Amersfoort. Subject under discussion: the city in balance. How do we strike the right balance between divergent interests in our growing cities and urban regions? Between visitors and residents? Between buildings and greenery?

Report Agenda Stad
Collaborate, take risks and focus on people

Video Compilation

Photo Impressions

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