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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.
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.
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.
The city of Ulyanovsk, along with the Government of the Ulyanovsk region, the Ministry of Arts and Cultural Policy and the Foundation "Ulyanovsk – Capital of Culture”, is organizing the VII International Cultural Forum (ICF) on “Culture and Business: Creative Capital of a Modern City” on 14 and 15 September 2017. The forum entails a series of themed events targeting a wide professional community from the region of Ulyanovsk, the Russian Federation and the international community as a whole.
Officials, practitioners and civil society representatives met in Ulyanovsk 23 March to celebrate the city’s first year in the UCCN and look forward to its future activities. Since the designation of Ulyanovsk was announced at the Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum in December 2015 by the Director-General of UNESCO, the City has been hard at work implementing its plans.
Throughout the year 2016, Ulyanovsk and its region has held no less than 2000 events dedicated to the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Russian historiographer, writer and thinker Nikolaï Mikhaïlovitch Karamzin. To name but a few major events: the Karamzin marathon “History in Faces”, a Literary festival “The Word” and the “Karamzin Assembly”.
From 15 to 16 September, the 2016 edition of the International Cultural Forum took place in Ulyanovsk, Creative City of Literature. The event was organized by the Government of the Ulyanovsk Region, the Ministry of Art and Cultural Policy of the Ulyanovsk region and the “Ulyanovsk – Capital of Culture” foundation. In 2015, the city has been bestowed the title of “The Literary Flagship of Russia” following the results of the competition “The Most Reading Region”, meanwhile also became the first and only Russian city to join the UCCN.