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The SXSW Festival in Austin, United States of America, is a hotbed for creative and digital media technology. The event brings together the film, music, and digital gaming communities around the shared issues of emerging technologies, culture and urban development.
The 22 cities, that have joined the Network from 2010 and 2013, have submitted their Membership Monitoring Reports. Learn more about how Beijing, Bogota, Brazzaville, Chengdu, Dublin, Enghien-les-Bains, Fabriano, Graz, Hangzhou, Icheon, Jeonju, Krakow, Norwich, Östersund, Paducah, Reykjavík, Saint-Étienne, Sapporo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney and Zahlé have been leveraging creativity for their sustainable development since their designation as UNESCO Creative Cities.  
On 14 February, the city of Kaunas launched its exhibition on “Architecture of Optimism: The Kaunas Phenomenon, 1918-1940”. The inauguration ceremony, held at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, has celebrated the heritage of the Lithuanian Creative City of Design, and promoted innovation and creativity through the idea of optimism.
Crafts and Folk Art in the City of Gabrovo, Bulgaria, has always been a key enabler for its cultural development. As an historical heritage of the city, this creative field boosts lifestyle and social innovation.
From 2 to 11 February 2018, a new edition of Yukiterrace is taking place in the Creative City of Media Arts of Sapporo, Japan. This year, the event dedicated to combining the power of media arts and the suggestive nature of the city’s winter, is expanding its horizon through a partnership with Linz, the Austrian Creative City of Media Arts.
The Call for Applications for the 3rd edition of the International Award “UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21” is opened until 16 March 2018. Organized by UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) and Mexico City, the objective of the International Award “UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21” is to recognize cities and personalities that have distinguished themselves for their contribution to culture as a key driver for sustainable development.
The Creative Ecofactory, an initiative led by Santos in Brazil, a Creative City of Film, was awarded the 2017 iFSocial Impact Prize. The World Design Guide – organizer of the prize – awards outstanding projects that aim to contribute positive results to society.
From 5 to 7 December, Gaziantep, Turkey, a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, hosted a research workshop on the “History of Food Culture Based Relations on the Silk Road”. The meeting brought together Gaziantep and other Creative Cities of Gastronomy located on the Silk Road – namely Chengdu and Shunde (China), Rasht (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) and Jeonju (Republic of Korea) – as well as experts, academics, notably from the UNESCO Silk Road Platform, and representatives of local authorities.
From June to September, Kaunas, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, organized a one-stage anonymous design contest to seek a design concept for the city’s new Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Concert Centre. 117 architectal studios entered contest from 36 countries. The 3 finalists are now revealed and 11 top proposals, including several from studios sited in UNESCO Creative Cities.
From 8 to 10 December, the UNESCO Creative City of Film Santos will host the 6th edition of the CulturalMente Santista - Santos Cultural and Creative Forum. This year, this major cultural festival will be highlighting the United Nations Agenda 2030.