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SAVE THE DATE for “Local Democracy for Global Impact” – ALDA Festival and General Assembly 2024

Dec 14, 2023

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In the ever-evolving landscape of local democracy, active citizenship, and global cooperation, ALDA emerges as a dynamic force. Through participative methodologies and decentralised cooperation, ALDA empowers local communities in Europe and beyond. With a core mission of building bridges between local authorities and communities, the Association plays a pivotal role in fostering dialogue and collaboration that transcends borders. This commitment positions ALDA as a local facilitator with global impact, illustrating how grassroots activities can catalyse transformative change on a global scale.

The eagerly awaited ALDA Festival and General Assembly 2024 is set to become a landmark event, marking a significant milestone in the Organisation’s relentless pursuit of its mission and impact. Taking place from May 13 until 15, 2024, and scheduled to unfold in the city of Barcelona, Spain, this assembly strategically aligns with the Barcelona European Capital of Democracy (ECoD) initiative, amplifying the resonance of its mission.


SAVE THE DATE : ALDA Festival and General Assembly 2024 will take place from May 13 to 15 in Barcelona, Spain!


This annual General Assembly holds particular significance as it marks the elections for a new Governing Board mandate, setting the direction for ALDA until 2028, with also a renewed Strategy for the next 4 years.

The event will also acquire special significance because it will take place the month before the European Parliament elections of 2024 scheduled for June 6-9 of the same year. The proximity to these crucial elections enhances the relevance of the General Assembly, creating a dynamic context where discussions, insights, and strategies formulated during the event can contribute meaningfully to the broader European democratic landscape.

The ALDA Festival and General Assembly 2024 – “Local Democracy for Global Impact” will allow attendees to explore synergies between local and European levels of governance. This alignment reinforces the commitment of ALDA to fostering connections between citizens, local authorities, and the broader European context, ultimately contributing to the Organisation’s mission of promoting local democracy to ensure resilience.

The General Assembly, designed to be a three-day immersive experience, promises an engaging and thought-provoking programme. The event will cover key topics strictly related to ALDA’s Thematic Hubs among which citizens engagement, migration, gender equality, human rights and youth engagement. In addition, it will also embrace an international perspective by touching many geographical areas among which are the Mediterranean, Africa, Western Balkans, Europe and more. The ALDA Festival and General Assembly 2024 will represent the meeting point and discussion of local activities carried out on a global scale. Among the highlights are meetings with Barcelona students, thematic workshops, and international events. The agenda includes panel discussions featuring ALDA members and partners, as well as a captivating photo exhibition showcasing memories from Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Building on the success of the previous ALDA Festival and General Assembly in 2023, which drew over 200 participants from Europe and beyond, the 2024 edition seeks to elevate the experience. The theme, “Local Democracy for Global Impact,” reflects ALDA’s commitment to creating a lasting impact on a global scale. 

ALDA, at the heart of empowering communities, invites all stakeholders to attend and/or to follow this celebration of local democracy in Barcelona. Together, let’s shape the future of local democracy and cooperate towards a global impact.

We invite you to stay tuned to this page for continuous updates and unfolding details about the programme. The dynamic nature of the event means that new insights, speakers, and sessions will be added, providing you with real-time access to the evolving agenda. We encourage you to check back regularly to ensure you don’t miss any exciting developments.