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In celebration of Scotland’s Year of Stories, Edinburgh (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), the first UNESCO Creative City of Literature designated in 2004, launches Figures of Speech, a series of cross-sectoral cultural events spanning from 20 May to 30 November 2022. A testament to Scottish literary heritage, Edinburgh’s Figures of Speech will give audiences the opportunity to enjoy iconic classics as well as contemporary works and recent commissions, over the course of a six-event programme, featuring 12 writers and 6...
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...
Edinburgh, in partnership with Krakow, is delighted to announce the Lord Provost’s International Residency: the first between the two UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature. Following a competitive call, emerging Polish writer Ahsan Ridha Hassan has been chosen to spend November developing his work in Edinburgh, the world’s first Creative City of Literature. As part of his residency, Ahsan will be offered desk space and support as a Community Fellow with the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. The...
Edinburgh and Melbourne Creative Cities of Literature are working together to support their literary programmers, in a festival-focused exchange programme. Seven delegates from Melbourne will be visiting Scotland from the 10 to 20 August 2018 to meet local programmers, share best practices and develop positive networks. The programmers will visit the Edinburgh International Book Festival, attend workshops concerning issues around their practice, and have the chance to make international connections. They will also be visiting Glasgow,...
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. With the aim of supporting growth and success within the community, the research and workshops carried out by the team involved close collaboration with the artistic sector in order to understand the concerns and...
Edinburgh recently celebrated 10 years as the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Rt Hon Donald Wilson, hosted a reception at the City Chambers, welcoming over 150 guests from all corners of the literary community, including global bestselling Edinburgh writers Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin and the Edinburgh Makar (Poet Laureate) Christine De Luca.   To mark the anniversary of the designation a series of projects were unveiled including literary gardens, Edinburgh’s iconic...
UK Creative Cities Meet in Edinburgh   The four UK members of UNESCO Creatives cities Network - Bradford (Film), Glasgow (Music), Norwich (Literature) and Edinburgh (Literature) - welcomed their two fellow newcomers, Dundee (Design) and York (Media Arts) at a meeting on December 9th, to discuss activities related to the cities' designations, collaboration between their cities, as well as relations with UNESCO.