Urban Stories Festival

A four-day festival about urban journalism, storytelling, future cities and technology at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam.

Urban Stories Festival shares the most important stories the city accommodates. During this four-day festival we look at urban journalism as a tool to address urban issues, provide a stage for innovative city stories and explore how digital developments help create new ways of storytelling. The festival offers workshops, talkshows, documentary screenings and lectures. Dive into the world of (citizen) journalism, press freedom, big data, digital storytelling tools and investigative urban journalism.

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From data to storyline
14 March, 20.00, grote zaal

Can data-driven stories change the city? Exploring the potential of new technologies to address urban challenges.

Within the concrete jungle of the city, minorities strive to make sure their stories are told. With the recent rise of technological phenomenon's like open data and data driven journalism, a new range of possibilities to do so has opened up. Faced with urban challenges, like pollution, unemployment, and corruption, several initiatives have successfully integrated the use of data and other digital tools to share their stories with the world and create impact. Where lies its potential and what are the limits of these digital tools? We will talk about this with journalists, data experts, storytellers and international pioneers that use data-driven stories to address urban issues and to influence urban policy.

Launched in 1996, Slum Dwellers International is a network of community-based organizations of the urban poor in 33 countries. A global platform to help their local initiatives develop alternatives to evictions while also influencing the global agenda for urban development. SDI’s Know Your City website combines hard data and rich stories from urban poor communities in 224 cities across the Global South. What is the secret to their success?


Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam