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To foster exchange of good urban practices and raise awareness about the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and its mission in the South Asian region, the UNESCO New Delhi Cluster Office hosted a webinar series titled “UNESCO Creative Cities Network: Channeling the Potential of South Asian Cities”. Fostering international cooperation between cities, the webinars featured sharing of good practices and innovative cases from Creative Cities worldwide. The participating cities included Hyderabad, Mumbai, Jaipur from India, Bologna (Italy), Geelong...
Recognizing the importance of Art in nurturing innovation and cultural diversity, UNESCO’s General Conference at its 40th session in 2019, proclaimed 15 April as World Art Day. To celebrate this significant day, Llíria (Spain), a UNESCO Creative City of Music, launched an innovative initiative titled “17 SDGs, 17 VISIONS”. Combining creativity and visual arts, the initiative aims to depict the 17 Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through an artistic vision. As part of the initiative, Llíria in close cooperation with...
Saint-Étienne (France), a UNESCO Creative City of Design since 2010, alongside other members of BEDA (The Bureau of European Design Association) recently joined the “New European Bauhaus” initiative launched by the European Commission. A platform for experimentation and connection, the “New European Bauhaus” movement intends to foster cooperation while bridging science and technology with arts and culture to devise innovative solutions for global challenges. With the aim of achieving the 2050 European Green Deal and Recovery Plan, the...
Slemani (Iraq) and Exeter (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), two UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature designated in 2019, jointly launched a series of virtual talks focusing on various aspects of Kurdish culture. Building on the power of literature for intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and sustainable urban development, the webinars invite a wide range of stakeholders including poets, publishers, archivists, photojournalists, historians and other academic scholars, to share their stories and expertise on...
Barcelos (Portugal) is a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art since 2017. The city has continued developing a wide range of activities and programmes to support the vitality and sustainability of its cultural sector, in particular the craft sector via promoting and advocating its importance at both local and international levels. On the occasion of Craftsman’s Day celebrated each year on 19 March, the city brought forth various celebratory activities as part of a social media campaign that highlighted its vibrant craft and folk art...
Parma (Italy), a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, will organize online the third “Italian Youth Forum” on 27 March. The forum aims to engage in a dialogue with youth on sustainable development challenges and to discuss on the innovative solutions to be devised to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Recognizing the power of youth and young generations towards building sustainable and resilient societies, the 2021 edition will focus on five main topics related to sustainable development: culture, environment, food,...
Bucheon (Republic of Korea), a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, has launched the Call for the second edition of the “Bucheon Residency Programme”. The residency offers a professional and artistic exchange programme to two selected writers, translators or cartoonists, foreseen to start in October 2021 for a total duration of up to 6 weeks. With the aim of fostering international exchange and dialogue and in line with the objectives of the UCCN, the programme will contribute to the mobility of literary artists, provide them with a...
Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) gathers 246 cities worldwide, that have recognized culture and creativity as strategic enablers for the achievement of sustainable urban development under the 2030 Agenda. The vision of harnessing the transformative power of culture and creativity in different facets of urban governance is the driving force behind the UCCN. The cultural assets and creative vibrancy of each member city are covered under seven creative fields of the Network, namely: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film,...
A UNESCO Creative City of Music since 2019, Llíria (Spain) has continued to utilize the power of culture and creativity especially music to strengthen its various initiatives, collaborations, and development plans. On 11 March, Llíria will organize a virtual tribute to pay homage to the victims of the earthquake that struck Japan in 2011, exactly 10 years ago. As part of remembering the resilience of the victims and the local population to overcome the impact of the disaster, Llíria in close collaboration with local music talents, will use an...
As a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy since 2019, Afyonkarahisar (Turkey) has committed itself to utilizing eco-friendly means and measures to support its activities related to cultural and creative fields. Recently, the city launched the Food Waste Reduction Project to further raise awareness as well as mobilize its inhabitants on topics related to sustainable food systems and zero waste approaches. The project has been developed and implemented by the Afyonkarahisar Municipality in close cooperation with the British Embassy in Turkey, the...