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Over the first weekend of May, Kobe will host its City of Design Kobe Creative City Council, a pilot project intended to facilitate the transmission of new cultural products and modes of expression. Engaging youth in this process is crucial and the event seeks to involve them in every creative aspect.
Officials, practitioners and civil society representatives met in Ulyanovsk 23 March to celebrate the city’s first year in the UCCN and look forward to its future activities. Since the designation of Ulyanovsk was announced at the Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum in December 2015 by the Director-General of UNESCO, the City has been hard at work implementing its plans.
From 20 to 23 April, Barcelona will have the great pleasure to host the 2017 Creative Cities Sub-Network Meeting, after Dublin in 2016. During two full days, the Creative Cities of Literature will share knowledge, experiences and develop future collaborative projects in order to strengthen the sub-network.
Saint-Etienne, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, chose Detroit, its counterpart designated in 2015, as the guest of honor of the 10th International Design Biennial of Saint-Etienne, held from 9 March to 9 April 2017. 
On 2 April, on the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day, Parma, a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, lighted up its monuments in blue, together with cities in Italy and around the world, for raising awareness on a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects one child out of 68.
From 3 to 6 April, Bologna, a Creative City of Music, will be hosting Dunedin, a Creative City of Literature, at the 2017 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. At the end of last year, Bologna called all members of the UCCN to reflect on the Fair’s main thematic on promoting a city’s publishing houses, illustrators, new technologies, animated films and young people fiction.
From 3 to 6 April, Bologna, a Creative City of Music, will be hosting Dunedin, a Creative City of Literature, at the 2017 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. At the end of last year, Bologna called all members of the UCCN to reflect on the Fair’s main thematic on promoting a city’s publishing houses, illustrators, new technologies, animated films and young people fiction.
The China Red Star Design Award welcome submissions for the 2017 edition, building on a legacy of over 6,000 submissions since 2010. Each year more than 300 products from 100 enterprises and designers are awarded in Beijing UNESCO Creative City of Design.
Over the course of eight days, Chefs from Tsuruoka, Japan (Gastronomy) were welcomed by their peers in Bilbao, Spain (Design) for a culinary collaboration putting both Creative Cities’ food cultures into dialogue.
This year’s edition of Jamtli Spring Fair will take place on 20 and 21 May. The Fair will be showcasing traditional products, crafts and plants proposed by local artisans, as well as various interactive activities.  The event puts an emphasis on sustainable products and methods, such as clothes promoting slow fashion, ecosystem services and renewable energies.