Lunch & Learn Series

Join our public livestream on Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 March, from 12noon – 1pm

Global UNESCO cities to explore Geelong in March

Twenty-six delegates from 17 international cities will attend the UNESCO City of Design Subnetwork Meeting 2023, held in Geelong 27-31 March.

The international gathering will focus on the creative industries, urban design, business innovation and the sustainability aspects of design, and is an opportunity to learn more about how design is embedded and evolving in our city.

During the 5-day program delegates will share knowledge and participate in a range of walks, talks, presentations, and cultural tours showcasing Geelong.

The subnetwork meeting provides an exciting opportunity for communities across 43 design cities to participate-in and learn about the range of projects taking place across the network.

Community members interested in hearing about some of the latest design projects can watch a livestream of three panel sessions, on 28, 29 and 30 March, from 12 noon.

Geelong is one of 43 Cities of Design in the United Creative Cities Network. Our designation opens opportunities to showcase and celebrate our achievements on an international stage.

Once again, Geelong is leading the way.

Image: Wurriki Nyal Civic Precinct

Lunch & Learn – public livestream information & registration

Community members interested in learning from international delegates about their experiences and latest design projects can livestream three public panel sessions for free.

The Lunch and Learn Series will be livestreamed between 12-1pm on Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 March via the City of Greater Geelong YouTube.

Tuesday 28 March, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Panel discussion: Future agents of change: designing creative industries and cultural organisations through youth participation
Panel lead: Jason Smith, Director Geelong Gallery


  • Isabelle Verilhac, Head of International Affairs and Innovation, Bureau of European Design Associations President, Saint-Etienne UNESCO City of Design Coordinator – Cite du Design 2025 regeneration of a former arms factory into a creative district.  
  • Gediminas Banaitis-Skrandis, Curator Kaunas 2022, Kaunas City of Design – Landscape Design Festival MAGENTA 
  • Penny Whitehead, Deputy Director, Geelong Gallery – Promoting future audiences & career pathways through youth digital engagement. 

Livestream: City of Greater Geelong YouTube channel

Wednesday 29 March, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Panel discussion: Urban Design initiatives across the UNESCO Creative Cities
Panel lead: Jonathan Daly, Manager Urban Design and Heritage City of Greater Geelong


  •  Mr Patrick Marmen, Head Commission for Design, City of Montreal – City of Montreal, Design Montreal Quality Toolkit
  •  Mr Chen Guanyou (GY) Deputy Director, Strategy, Governance and International Relations, Design Singapore Council – Designing a dementia-friendly neighborhood. 

Livestream: City of Greater Geelong YouTube channel

Thursday 30 March, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Panel discussion: Manufacturing for sustainable outcomes: enablers and mechanisms
Panel lead: Jennifer Conley, CEO, Geelong Manufacturing Council


  • Mr Shaun Cummings, General Manager Infrastructure and Technology, Barwon Water –  The Regional Renewal Organics Network 
  • Mr Stijn Debaillie, Coordinator Design Regio Kortrijk – Living Lab Circular Machine Building 
  •  Mr Andy Shea, Managing Director Micro factories Australia – Micro factories: How large projects can drive local sustainable outcomes through R&D and facilitated experimentation.

Livestream: City of Greater Geelong YouTube channel

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Visitor Experience

Come and visit Geelong through these immersive augmented reality experiences. Explore our stunning waterfront and discover our parks, gardens and streets. Step inside the Geelong Gallery and take a 360° virtual tour or purchase your very own memento of Geelong from our CODE Souvenir program.

Shop in Central Geelong
Tastes of Central Geelong
Geelong Digital Outdoor Museum
The Journey of Extraordinary Encounters
Geelong Gallery RONE Virtual tour
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