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On 5 January, Vranje, a UNESCO Creative City of Music, hosted the choir event “Orthodox Christmas Concert” to foster intergenerational knowledge sharing amongst choristers and to celebrate the city’s rich musical culture and tradition. Organized with the support of the Cultural and Educational Center Vranje and Music School ‘Stevan Mokranjac’, the Christmas concert offered three performances by the City Mixed Choir, the Music School Choir and its young members, accompanied by an orchestra. Reuniting three generations of choristers, the...
From 8 January to 29 April, UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy and of Film are invited to submit entries for the Food Film Category of the San Antonio Film Festival (SAFILM). Promoted by San Antonio, a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, the Food Film Category aims to celebrate the food film genre, and is therefore welcoming proposals for short and feature-length, as well as animated, documentary and experimental films revolving around the theme of food and cooking. This year in its 29th edition foreseen from 1 to 6 August 2023, the...
On 24 January, UNESCO Creative Cities will be mobilizing to celebrate World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture. Adopted during the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference in 2019, this international event honours the diverse and vibrant cultures of Africa and its diasporas and promotes them as powerful catalysts for strengthening cultural diversity, international cooperation and peace. To mark this celebration, UNESCO Creative Cities are organizing a variety of events, from conferences and exhibitions to workshops and...
On 17 December, Wuhan, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, in collaboration with fellow Creative Cities of Curitiba and Querétaro, hosted the Award Ceremony of the “Street Design International Challenge 2022”. The competition, which involved teams from 11 Creative Cities, awarded 6 projects reimagining a peri-urban street through biophilic design. The winners of the competition came from the five Creative Cities of Wuhan, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Montreal and Chordeleg. The competition, which aimed to promote new ways of thinking about urban...
From 27 November 2022 to 15 January 2023, Heidelberg, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, organized a series of literary activities dedicated to young audiences in the extraordinary natural setting of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Grube Messel" and the UNESCO Global Geopark “Bergstrasse-Odenwald”. This pilot project aimed to entertain young audiences for four Sundays with Advent readings and puppet theater shows inspired from children's literature, such as the fairy tale "The Hare and the Hedgehog" by the Brothers Grimm, "Franz and the...
This year from 1 to 17 December, Iowa City, partnered with other UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature including Melbourne, Manchester and Dunedin, launched the 4th edition of the “17 Books for 17 SDGs”. As in its previous editions, book suggestions related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were tweeted by the participating cities. Running under the hashtag #17Booksfor17SDGs, this initiative aims to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through fiction and non-fiction books addressing one Goal of the...
On 23 November, Bucheon, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, hosted the 2022 Diaspora Literary Award Ceremony to celebrate diaspora literature, together with representatives from five fellow Creative Cities of Literature.   The Ceremony rewarded the New York-based author Min Jin Lee for her novel “Pachinko” before the Mayor of Bucheon, the Chairperson of the City Council and the Secretary-General of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO. The book, which relates the story of a Korean family, depicts the challenges faced by...
Bradford, a UNESCO Creative City of Film, presented two short films conceived by young local filmmakers during the 10th edition of the Fabriano Film Fest. This year, this film event took place from 1 to 4 December 2022 in Fabriano, a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art. The two short films “Girls Power” and “Lights of Bradford” were screened on 2 December during a section dedicated to the initiatives developed by Fabriano in the framework of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Conceived by a collective of young filmmakers, "Girls...
Leiria, a UNESCO Creative City of Music, recently launched the first edition of its Creative City of Music Festival. From 16 to 18 November, the Festival hosted both well-known and emerging talents in the fields of alternative music, jazz and classical music. Promoting new musical creations, the Festival also presented seventeen original works to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the Nobel laureate writer José Saramago. Inspired by Saramago's literary works, the seventeen compositions were premiered in Leiria’s theatres, establishing...
This year, Bradford, a UNESCO Creative City of Film, provided film students from the University of Bradford with another opportunity to gain key experience in the national and international film industry operating in the city. Ran from February to October 2022 and supported by the Bradford Film Office, the project was aimed at fostering professional opportunities for students through connecting them with some of the most popular local film companies. The initiative supported young people in pursuing a professional path in the film sector,...