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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.
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.
On March 21 2019, in the occasion of World Poetry Day, 15 UNESCO Cities of Literature across the globe were linking up to hold simultaneous events in their respective cities. For instance, around 60 poets who live in Granada and possess different aesthetic approaches, offered a public poetry reading in 25 bookshops around the city.
As part of the 10th Anniversary of Melbourne as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office and the Wheeler Centre held a two-day City of Literature parliament to discuss the issues of addressing the Sustainable Development Goals, while reflecting on what Melbourne City of Literature could be and should be in 2030.
Krakow UNESCO City of Literature launches an open call to its Residency Programme.
Until 1 February 2019, playwrights, theatre companies and universities based in UNESCO Creative Cities Call for Scripts of Literature are invited to submit creative scripts and productions. Selected works will be staged at the Cities of Literature Short Play Festival to be held in Dunedin, UNESCO Creative City of Literature, from 12 to 20 September 2019.