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  From 4 to 31 May 2022, Vranje (the Republic of Serbia), a UNESCO Creative City of Music, will hold the 22nd edition of its traditional music festival “May the Month of Music”. Organized in collaboration with “Stevan Mokranjac” Music School, and with financial support from the City of Vranje and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, the festival promises to be a rich and multifaceted culture experience for all. This year, numerous artists have been selected, from various ensembles and orchestras, as well as soloists....
From 5 to 11 September 2022, the UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature will be reunited in Melbourne (Australia), on the occasion of their sub-network’s annual meeting.   The meeting will be an occasion for Creative Cities of Literature from all over the globe to reunite over a week, with the aim to discuss, exchange and collaborate on projects to strengthen international and inter-city cooperation. The event is intended to be culturally rich and insightful, as it will be launched with a “Welcome to Country”, an important ceremony...
On the occasion of Nowruz, Sanandaj (Iran), a UNESCO Creative City of Music, hosted a dedicated festival to mark the beginning of the Persian New Year. Held also simultaneously by the cities of Tehran, Hamedan and Kermanshah – a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, various events were organized in Sanandaj with the participation of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, involving more than 50 000 citizens, artists, and various stakeholders. In 2010, the United Nations recognized 21 March as the International Day of Nowruz....
A UNESCO Creative City of Literature since 2014, Dunedin (New Zealand), hosted for the first time the International Cricket Council Women’s Cricket World Cup, from 4 March to 3 April 2022. This sporting tournament coincided with International Women’s Day (8 March), making it a perfect occasion to promote gender equality and women empowerment, as well as to enrich creatively Dunedin’s literary scene. On this occasion, a commissioned poem, written by local poet Ruth Arnison, along with an early 20th century photograph of the Dunedin Ladies’...
Two UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature, Melbourne (Australia) and Heidelberg (Germany) have launched their “Expedition Poetry” programme, an online writers’ room, connecting poets from both cities through the translation of their respective works. Between March and November 2022, ten poets from Melbourne and Heidelberg will meet online and partake in a translation workshop composed of a series of meetings and discussions. The poets will be able to exchange, collaborate, and engage on original works and their translations. The...
On 31 March 2022, Hannover (Germany), a UNESCO Creative City of Music, together with the city’s creative industries association “kreHtiv Netzwerk Hannover e.V”, will be holding the “Digital Sounds Online Meet Up”. Digital Sounds is both a project and a network whose aim is to create synergies amongst sound design, acoustic listening, the music industry and digital business.   The event is designed as an opportunity for digital professionals from all over the globe to converse and share their knowledge and ongoing projects on digital...
Over 18 and 19 March, Vranje (Republic of Serbia), a UNESCO Creative City of Music will be organizing its “Urban songs from Vranje” Festival to celebrate and promote its musical heritage with a focus on traditional urban songs.   Indeed, since the second half of the 19th century, urban songs have continuously been at the core of Vranje’s musical and cultural heritage, whose traditional a capella vocal and instrumental arrangements have been listed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Urban...
  On 21 March, Seoul (Republic of Korea), a UNESCO Creative City of Design, hosted the 3rd edition of its Human City Design Award, in collaboration with 3 other Creative Cities of Design: Singapore (Singapore), Nagoya (Japan) and Saint-Etienne (France).   The Human City Design Award celebrates designers, from all over the world, whose innovative and creative design work aims to solve complex problems of our daily life, by providing urban solutions and sustainable visions for the future. This year, ten participants, from...
Until the end of March, Kansas City (United States of America), a UNESCO Creative City of Music since 2017, is organizing “Our Global Mantra”, an international campaign to celebrate and share the voices and experiences of women through creative expression.   “I expect the extraordinary and I will find it / I accept the ordinary and it will find me” is the two-line mantra at the origin of this movement. Throughout the month of March, women across the globe are invited to record a 30-second video sharing their translation of the...
After the global success of its 2021 drawing campaign, Viborg (Denmark), a UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts, is launching the second edition of #DrawWithDenmark. This year, the campaign will be accepting submissions from 1 March to 1 April 2022. Once again, the city of Viborg is leveraging both its vibrant cultural scene and embracing being a Creative City, by partnering with local stakeholders including The Animation Workshop, the city’s Culture School and Visual High School, as well as international actors through the UNESCO Creative...