TNOC Festival 2022

29-31 March 2022

Now accepting proposals!

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The primary phase of session submissions will close on 31 December 2021 at Midnight EST. We strongly encourage everyone to submit proposals as soon as possible. We will begin reviewing submissions and communicating responses in early December. A full Festival program will be announced at the end January 2022. 

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About TNOC Festival 

TNOC Festival pushes boundaries to radically imagine our cities for the future. A virtual festival that spans 3 full days with programming across all regional time zones and is provided in multiple languages. A core philosophy of the festival is to foster inclusivity and lower barriers to participation. The festival focuses on facilitating transdisciplinary dialogue, small group workshops, arts engagement, and fostering a collaborative spirit around solutions for how to build cities that are better for nature and all people. 

About The Nature of Cities

We are The Nature of Cities (TNOC), and the word “of” modifies Nature to mean the character of cities, which we view through a green and blue and community lens. We believe the route to cities that are better for both people and nature is through transdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration. The mission of The Nature of Cities is to curate joined conversations about urbanism across ways of knowing and modes of action. We create transdisciplinary, publicly available, and widely disseminated programs, events, knowledge, and engagements for green city making. We strive for cities worldwide that are resilient, sustainable, livable, and just.

The Nature of Cities Festival Logo

About the TNOC Festival Logo

Our Festival logo was designed by Frida Larios. It conveys a sense of human connection among us as we steward nature and community in cities. The seeds depicted in the logo are shared ideas both dispersed and gathered. Hands are common in Mayan symbology and can mean both to throw or scatter and to receive. In many traditions, the open hand signifies greeting, welcome, and openness.

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Breaking Down Siloes in Cities

The Nature of Cities Festival is an annual experiment in transdisciplinary collaboration to radically imagine cities that are better for nature and all people.

TNOC Festival Follows the Sun

TNOC Festival programming is designed across multiple regional time zones. This facilitates inclusivity and participation from around the world.

Sessions are scheduled to facilitate convenient daytime participation for everyone.

Many Voices
in Many Languages

Language is a common barrier to participation at international events. Most are only hosted in English. TNOC Festival strives to provide content in various major languages for greater inclusivity. English is the common language of the festival, but TNOC Festival facilitates and encourages crowdsourced sessions in various major languages. Plenaries will feature live translation in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Arabic.

Radically Imaginative Programming

TNOC Festival programming is transdisciplinary and innovative. With multiple session types, the program is designed to push the boundaries of collaborative engagement by mixing the arts, sciences, urban practice fields, and performance to draw urban thought leaders and changemakers together to build better cities.

Can you propose a session? Yes! The submission portal is open through 30 November 2021.

Session Types

Small interactive workshops that explore an idea, project, or direct action in cities.

Interactive workshops where you preset or teach festival attendees a new skill or idea.

Short talks and transdisciplinary conversations. Keynotes from diverse geographies and points of view.

Join a live-narrated video tour through various cities around the world. The next best thing to being there.

Short pre-recorded video talks submitted by you. A gallery of urban ideas from diverse thought leaders.

Attend a performance, listen to a reading, participate in collaborative art to build creative human-nature connections.

Create a meeting within a meeting where your team builds an idea hive, or cluster of seed sessions, within TNOC Festival.

Program Highlights from TNOC Festival 2021

Praise for TNOC Festival

“The Festival provided an amazing opportunity to advance our understanding of nature-based solutions (NBS) and connect with our audience in a format that was equally inspiring, exciting, and informative!”

Natura Network, Sponsor 2021

“I dream of cities and the people that live there becoming the engines of innovations, continuously creating new incentives for sustainable landscapes, so that cities become the hope for the planet. TNOC Festival brings us closer to that dream.”

Urban Ecologist, Attendee 2021

“The true success of this Festival is how thousands of attendees from around the world felt valued, validated and heard. That’s where magic happened.”

USDA Forest Service, Patron 2021 & 2022

“The Nature of Cities Festival revealed a thousand examples of ingenuity and commitment to bringing nature into the hearts of our cities and daily lives.”

Architect, Attendee 2021

Partner with TNOC





Check out our Partnership Package to learn more about collaborating with TNOC Festival! 



US Forest Service
Office Français de la Biodiversité logo

Seed Sponsor

Connecting Nature logo
Prize for Cities logo
The Conservation Fund logo
European Association for Local Democracy (alda) logo

Content CoLab

AIPH logo
World Wide Generation logo
FRIEC logo
La Nature des Villes logo

Design Partner

Nanyang Technological University Singapore logo
Geoff Canham Consulting logo
City as Nature logo
Melbourne Centre for Cities logo
Biophilic Cities logo
Kenyan Youth Biodiversity Network logo
new cities logo
Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences logo

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