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The XII Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) opened yesterday in Krakow and Katowice, Poland, joint hosts and Creative Cities of Literature and Music respectively, from 12 to 15 June.  More than 350 delegates, including 40 mayors, representing the 180 cities of the Network are attending the meeting, whose theme is “creative crossroads”, celebrating the collaborative spirit which lies at the core of the UCCN, and drives member cities’ local and international action.
Bologna, along with eight other Italian creative cities: Milan, Pesaro, Rome, Torino, Carrara, Fabriano,
In 2004, Edinburgh was the first city to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. This designation has paved the way for a number of initiatives supporting the continued success of the city’s creative community. With the acknowledged need to update their culture policy, Edinburgh City Council launched the Desire Lines programme.
In understanding the importance of reading and writing skills, the cities of Bogota and Tartu have introduced initiatives that promote and support literacy development. As a UNESCO city of Literature since 2015, the Tartu in Fiction project supports the city’s passion for reading and learning, and encourages its citizens to actively search for new and stimulating material.
Supporting literacy for vulnerable communities in Durban, South Africa, the Global Forum 4Literacy and The Traveling Books Project promotes reading and fun learning. Working predominantly with children, this initiative aims to ensure that all children have a chance at being literate and are exposed to different cultures through the window of world-literature.
Krakow and Katowice, respectively Creative Cities of Literature and Music in Poland, and also jointly referred to as Krakowice, will be hosting the XII UCCN Annual Meeting from 12 to 15 June 2018. 
The World Poetry Day that will be held on March 21st , is an international celebration launched by UNESCO in 1999  with the aim to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to increase protect endangered languages. Today, World Poetry Day is the occasion to honour poets and celebrate one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression.
The VII International Cultural Forum held in Ulyanovsk (Russian Federation) on 14 and 15 September on the theme “Culture and Business: Creative Capital of Modern City” witnessed the participation of high-level representatives, including the Governor of the Ulyanovsk region, heads of UNESCO Creative Cities Granada (Spain) and Heidelberg (Germany), educational institutions, enterprises, mass media, artists and cultural professionals.
From 2 to 30 November, the Creative City of Krakow (Poland) led by the Krakow Festival Office, and the e-book platform, are organizing for the fifth time “ReadPL”, a unique flagship initiative that combines literature and new technology.
Following the success of its first edition, LIM (Less is More), the European platform for project development of limited budget features films, has launched its 2018 call for applications, offering to a new generation of talented filmmakers, as well as artists of all kinds – from theatre, documentary and visual arts – the opportunity of designing their own limited budget film project.