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The city of Ulyanovsk, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature in Russia has launched a Call for Application for the project titled ‘A City as a Writer's Workplace’.  This project is timely as many of the cities are currently on lockdown due to the global outbreak of COVID-19.
Facing the current global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), thirteen UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature (Edinburgh, Heidelberg, Kraków, Kuhmo, Ljubljana, Manchester, Melbourne, Montevideo, Nottingham, Óbidos, Reykjavik, Tartu and Ulyanovsk) have taken their World Poetry Day events online with poetry readings, flash-mobs, videos, and publishing on digital platforms. The activities will honour poets and celebrate one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression.
As part of the Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival (BIKY) created in 2006, Busan, UNESCO Creative City of Film, launched a drawing contest for kids. The selected drawings will be included in the official poster and exhibited during the Festival. This year, the Festival saw collaboration amongst 6 other cities, including 4 UNESCO Creative Cities (Postdam in Germany, Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Terrassa in Spain and Galway in Ireland).
Ulyanovsk, UNESCO Creative City of Literature, launched its 2020 Call for Applications for the second International Literary Residency Programme open to writers and artists from the UNESCO’s Literature Cities Network. The program aims to create inter-city exchanges and promote culture-oriented development policies that support creativity and innovation, in line with the 2030 Agenda. This project further aims to support the diversity of cultural expressions, foster contemporary urban narratives and provide a space for cultural expression with...
Košice, a UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts in Slovakia, organized the third edition of its annual festival Art & Tech Days from 19 to 24 November 2019, which emphasized the amalgamation of media arts, technology and digital culture.
Lviv, a Creative City of Literature of UNESCO in Ukraine, will organize its second International Translation Workshop ‘LitTransformer 2020’ from 30 May to 8 June 2020.
With the aim to illustrate how the creative elements could help in making winter pleasant and enjoyable, Sapporo, UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts in Japan organized three artistic events based on the theme ‘winter art’ from 1 February to 11 February.
In December 2019, Saint-Étienne, a Creative City of Design in France, presented the outcomes of national programme “Design Assembly” to the French Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Culture. “Design Assembly”, coordinated by the Cité of Design in Saint-Étienne, aimed at analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the French design ecosystem, in order to outline a national comprehensive strategy for French design.
Bucheon, a Creative City of Literature in Republic of Korea, has announced its first Residency Programme, which will host two international artists in 2020. The city has launched an open call for writers, translators and cartoonists belonging to the 246 member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Through this programme, Bucheon aims at fostering knowledge sharing and professional exchanges while contributing to the mobility of artists.
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.