Notwestminster 2019

Notwestminster 2019 event

Notwestminster 2019

Citizens Assemble”
Friday 15th & Saturday 16th February 2019
The Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RL

Notwestminster is a free event for everyone who has something positive to say about
local democracy and anyone who is up for the challenge of making it better.

Maker DayWhat’s happening on Friday…

Friday 15th February 2019 is our Democracy Maker Day, jointly hosted by Involve. Then we have a special Notwestminster PechaKucha Night, followed by curry.
10am to 4pm Democracy Maker Day
7pm to 9.30pm PechaKucha Night
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Notwestminster main eventWhat’s happening on Saturday…

Saturday 16th February 2019 is Notwestminster – our main annual event for anyone who has something positive to say about local democracy.
Livestream – 10am to 10.30am
Livestream – 2pm to 2.30pm
Workshop session grid and live notes
Lightning talks | Workshops | Participants
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About Notwestminster 2019

Main event tickets | Participants | WorkshopsTalks | Maker Day | PechaKucha

Wish that our democracy was in finer fettle? If we want to assemble a stronger local democracy, we all need to work together as citizens to help create it. Notwestminster is about finding the people, ideas and energy we need, so that we can use our skills and experiences for a common purpose. Together we can improve our local democracy,

If you’re up for the challenge, please join us for two days of workshops, quick-fire talks, practical activities, conversations and inspiration in Huddersfield. Notwestminster is a free event and everyone is welcome to take part. All we ask is that you are interested in making our local democracy better, and willing to do something to make it happen.

Citizens Assemble

Our local democracy is a shared endeavour, often a shared frustration, but above all a shared hope. We believe that citizens working together have what we need to create a stronger local democracy.

Notwestminster is a place where everyone who cares about our local democracy can share ideas and ask questions. It’s a safe space where we can grow our understanding by taking things apart and putting them together again. It’s somewhere that all of us can come to solve issues and find solutions.

We’ve always known that it’s the amazing mix of people who take part in Notwestminster that make it special. We also know that there are lots of other ways in which citizens can (and do) assemble to make a difference. If you’re part of something that really works on a local level, if you’ve tested out any method of collaboration, or if you’re just interested in working with others in different ways, please come along and get involved.

We think that our local citizens are the mightiest heroes in our own corner of the Earth. So we aren’t waiting for someone else to fly in and fix our democracy. We are using our own superpowers for civic good and encouraging others to do the same. Everyone who cares about the place where they live has some of those powers.

So if you’re up for the challenge, please join us at Notwestminster and bring along your superpowers of knowledge, experience, enthusiasm, openness and the willingness to listen to others and figure things out together.

No superhero suits required.


Tickets are free (thanks to our generous sponsors). Places are limited, so we’re releasing our tickets for Notwestminster in three stages to give you every chance to book. Please set yourself a reminder…

  • Early bird ticket release – Thursday 25th October at 12.30pm
  • Main ticket release – Tuesday 20th November at 7.30pm
  • Last chance ticket release – Monday 14th January at 9.30am

Please note that you need to book a ticket for each day. Tickets for the PechaKucha Night are also free and will be released nearer the time. We’ll contact everyone who books a ticket for Notwestminster to see if you’d like to come for the Friday night curry.

Main event tickets | Participants | WorkshopsTalks | Maker Day | PechaKucha


New to Notwestminster?

Best of Notwestminster 2018

Notwestminster happens in the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield, home to rebel girls, radical heritage and the new Doctor Who. It’s organised by a small and sometimes merry band of volunteers who do democracy by day, and democracy by night (and who are largely fuelled by hope, proper music and toasted teacakes).

Best of Notwestminster 2018 – a compilation of our Blogs, Photos, Videos, Slides, Notes & Sounds


If you’d like to support Notwestminster 2019, we have a range of sponsorship packages available now. Please visit our Sponsorship page or email us at to request a sponsorship pack.

Our partners

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Our sponsors

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Association of Democratic Services Officers

Democracy Club

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UK open government civil society network

Centre for Public Scrutiny

Co-production Network for Wales

De Montfort University

Our supporters

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