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The Creative City of Bucheon has announced the first edition of the “Bucheon Diaspora Literary Award”, which will be launched in 2021. The “diaspora literature”, understood as a literary style, is becoming increasingly important in an era of global migrations, in order to strengthen communication and reflect cultural diversity through literature.
From 10 to 13 June 2019, Östersund, Sweden, celebrated the nordic artisan soul food through the Eat Art Festival. The event aimed at exploring new food experiences by combining cultural traditions and creativity while fostering more sustainable patterns within the food production. The 3-days festival included workshops, exhibitions and talks to raise awareness about linkages between gastronomy, culture and sustainable development among the general public.
From 20 December 2019 to 3 January 2020, the entire wall of the Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) designed by architect Zaha Hadid became a venue for excitement. At nightfall, the curved silver wall, the signature of the DDP, showcased a combination of light, moving images and music. The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Design Foundation announced that they launched the “Seoul Light” initiative devoted to showing media-facade with various content using the outer surface of the DDP building as a huge screen.
Design City, a highlight event as part of Geelong Design Week of March 2020, brings together business leaders, government bodies, research and educational institutions to explore the role of design and creativity in driving innovation.
Organized by the Centre des arts of Enghien-les-Bains with the support of the Ile-de-France Region, the 6th edition Paris Digital Images Summit (PIDS) will be held from January 29 to February 1, 2020. The Summit is dedicate to explore new visual effects and digital animation, combining media arts, technology and creativity. The event consists of 2 days of professional conferences, which will highlight the latest trends and innovations of the world digital creation through case studies, round tables and films.
The UNESCO Creative City of Rasht, Iran, launched in December the first edition of the Festival of Organic Products. This year’s theme is "From Farm to Table" and aims at fostering healthy lifestyles and well-being fostering through creativity and gastronomy.
Since the adoption of the Agenda 21 for culture in 2004, UCLG United Cities and Local Governments promotes the exchange of experiences and improves mutual learning around culture and sustainable development through different activities, such as the International Award “UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21”.
Montreal, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, has launched an international and multidisciplinary urban design competition for the redevelopment of the McGill College Avenue.
In a twist on the traditional end-of-the-year “best of” lists of readings, the UNESCO Cities of Literature will issue a list of “17 Books for the 17 SDGs” between 2 and 18 December.
Bristol and Bradford, UNESCO Creative Cities of Film, embark on a new partnership to launch “Film for Learning”, a 4 year school development initiative devised by UK film education charity Into Film and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The programme aims at supporting teachers and senior school leaders to use film as a tool for learning, with the aim of improving young peoples’ attainment in literacy and participation. Bristol and Bradford are two of three UK cities selected to take part in the initiative; Belfast being the third.