Now in its second year, This Is Not A Gateway (TINAG) is an annual festival celebrating cities and urbanism; in the context of a not-so-distant future, where 75 per cent of the world’s population is expected to live in an urban environment. The festival, spreading over three days in the coming weekend, in the heart of London’s east end, provides a platform addressing the numerous issues of contemporary urbanism and urban architecture.

Established in 2007 by artist and curator Deepa Naik and urbanist Trenton Oldfield, TINAG provides a yearly hub for debate, which this October includes from lectures and exhibitions, to workshop and tours.
For its action-packed program, including contributions from all over Europe, the three-day festival this year draws inspiration from the Berlin Wall and the significant changes taking place in Eastern Europe over the past 20 years. 2009 is the 20th anniversary of the Wall’s demise and TINAG focuses on aspects of the rebuilding of the European former-Communist countries and their present and future urban state.

Highlights include the Trace Project, which explores the architectural complexes of the Communist period, and the ‘Forgotten Past’ exhibition by photographer Nikola Mikhov, who presents his archive of important Communist Bulgarian monuments from 1948 to 1989. Offering a selection of over 60 events, the festival is set to inspire, exploring what shapes our cities.