“Creative Travel”: Discover the Creative Cities in Japan
From 17 to 21 October, the exhibition “Creative Travel to Japan: Creative Cities and Japanese Cultures” is held at UNESCO Headquarters. The event is co-organized by the Creative Cities Japan International Cultural Exchange Committee and the Japanese Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, with the support of Enghien-les-Bains (France), Creative City of Media Arts and host of the next UCCN Annual Meeting. This initiative showcases the main cultural assets of the 6 Japanese Creative Cities of the Network, namely Hamamatsu (Music), Kanazawa (Crafts and Folk Art), Kobe (Design), Sapporo (Media Arts), Sasayama (Crafts and Folk Art) and Tsuruoka (Gastronomy). The city of Yamagata also actively participated in this event alongside the 6 Japanese UNESCO Creative Cities.
“This project [is] a significant opportunity to deepen cross-cultural understanding, to learn about each other’s customs, and to maintain the diversity of culture, which is the shared heritage of humanity. […] Though the exhibition and symposium of this project, the citizens of Japan hope to illustrate the role of cities in creating new culture.”
– Koichiro Matsuura, Chairman, Creative Cities Japan International Cultural Exchange Committee, Former Director-General of UNESCO
In this framework, a symposium entitled “Towards Sustainable Development through Cooperation among Creative Cities – How can Japanese Creative Cities contribute to it?” was held on Tuesday 18 with the participation of the Mayors of the 6 Creative Cities from Japan, as well as Koichiro Matsuura, Isao Kiso, Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO, Mechtild Rössler, Director of the Division for Heritage, Denise Bax, Programme Specialist of the UCCN, and Dominique Roland, Focal Point of Enghien-les-Bains. This meeting has explored the main strategies and plans implemented by the Japanese Creative Cities to make culture and creativity key enablers of sustainable urban development.