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On 10 October, UNESCO Creative Cities in Spain held a first meeting at the headquarters of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), linked to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid, with representatives from five of the seven Spanish member cities taking part. The event was attended by Bilbao (Design), Burgos (Gastronomy), Dénia (Gastronomy) Granada (Literature) and Terrassa (Film).
On 2 and 3 November, Bergen UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy will host the World Cheese Awards. The event will boost the interest for artisan cheese production and know-how. More than 3,500 cheeses will be judged by 230 international experts. A conference dedicated to entrepreneurs and a food festival open to the general public will also held. Several UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy will participate in this event and bring locally produced cheeses to the competition.
This Autumn, with the support of the British Council, Afrika Eye Festival of Bristol has teamed up with Dakar's film festival Image et Vie to set up an exchange project with two young artists from their respective home cities.
Turin, UNESCO Creative City of Design, together with Lavazza, are promoting a street art initiative untitled TOward 2030: What are you doing?. By the end of 2019, the entire city, from the center to the outskirts, will be turned into an open-air exhibit of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.
From 10 to 14 October, Sapporo, UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts in Japan, will be hosting the 2018 edition of No Maps. Sapporo Creative Convention No Maps is an event that seeks to cross borders between media arts, music, film, education, urban development, with the aim to draw new ideas for social experiment in Sapporo and Hokkaido.
From 20 to 22 September 2018, the Turkish Creative City of Gastronomy held a first edition of Gastroantep, the very first International Gastronomy Festival in Gaziantep. The festival was organized as part of Gaziantep’s action plan towards implementing the UNESCO Creative Cities Network mission. It brought together stakeholders of the gastronomy field, and of the cultural and creative sector at large.
From 9 to 14 September, the 19th National Handicraft Exhibition was held in the Creative City of Isfahan, in the historical garden-museum of Chehleston Palace. 120 booths from all the provinces of Iran showcased handicraft products at this large-scale exhibition, which highlights Iranian handicrafts every year in September.
Since 2014, the project Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale, coordinated by Cité du design, Saint-Etienne, gathers European 12 partners from 11 cities, including 6 UNESCO Creative Cities. Co-financed by the programme Creative Europe of European Union, the project explores how inhabitants (re)invent the contemporary city and experiment its scales.
Representatives from Bradford Council and University of Bradford and are in Qingdao, China this week seeking to building stronger relationships in film production, education and tourism. The Bradford team is part of a wider delegation from Leeds City Region aiming to accelerate investment relationships with the second largest economy in the world.
Since 13 September until 21 October, Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, together with the City of Sapporo, invite artists in the field of media arts and visual arts to take part in an open call for its winter residency program.