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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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
On 17 October, Bucheon, Creative City of Literature, organized a workshop dedicated to the Korean Creative Cities, in cooperation with the Korean National Commission for UNESCO. 
This year’s Scottish International Storytelling Festival, which took place in Edinburgh from 21 to 25 October, has been awarded by the PLACE -Platforms for Creative Excellence Fund- set up jointly by the Scottish Government and the City of Edinburgh Council. With PLACE’s support, the Festival has created the world’s first Global Storytelling Lab. The Lab explores how storytelling worldwide can help tackle the Global Climate Emergency and other dimensions of sustainable development, by blending traditional knowledge with new tales of civic...
From 3 to 9 September, Melbourne Creative City of Literature, in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) and the Wheeler Centre, hosted a delegation of international literary programmers to the 2019 Festival with the aim of sharing best practices, fostering new international cooperation and increasing the mobility of Australian artists around the world.
From 29 July to 9 August 2019, slam poets from Creative Cities of Edinburgh (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Iowa City (United States of America), Heidelberg (Germany), Melbourne (Australia), Nottingham (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Quebec City (Canada), Tartu (Estonia) and Utrecht (Netherlands) are competing in the first ever Slam-O-Vision.