11 Feb A world of markets are coming to London
Just before Christmas 2017 it was announced the Mayor of London’s office was successful in a bid to host the 10th International Public Markets Conference, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces (PPS).
At an event held at Borough Market, where the newly appointed London Market Board was also announced, it was great to hear that the project to write the bid for the conference that I worked on with the GLA earlier in the year, had come to fruition, with the date now set for June 2019.
Project for Public Spaces is a non-profit planning, design and educational organisation founded in 1975, committed to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Based in North America, the organisation boasts 900 members worldwide who between them help citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.
This will only be the second time the conference has come to Europe, having previously been hosted by the Institut Municipal de Mercats de Barcelona responsible for the wonderful markets across Barcelona. Executive Vice President of Project for Public Spaces, Steve Davies, said: “We are excited to be hosting our next international conference in London. The economic and social power of markets is often underestimated. The number and diversity of markets in the city, along with the Mayor’s recent policy initiatives, make London a perfect place to showcase the opportunities for creating a true ‘market city’.”
With many London markets being major destinations in themselves, the capital is well placed to deliver a successful and memorable event. Taking place over three days, the conference schedule will include visits to some of London’s 280 street markets, where the rich ethnic, linguistic, cultural and culinary diversity that makes London so unique, will be showcased to the world’s leading public market operators, developers and thought-leaders.
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