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.
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.
Melbourne’s Visiting International Festival Directors Programme Fostered New Cooperation in the Literary World
From 29 August to 2 September, Melbourne, UNESCO Creative City of Literature, in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), hosted a delegation of international festival directors to the 2018 edition of the Festival with the aim of stimulating best practice sharing, fostering new international cooperation and increasing the transit of Australian artists around the world.
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.
Between the month of July and August, the Creative Cities of Literature Melbourne and Reykjavík are sharing the children's readings and short fictional stories on Sleipnir’s journey, an imaginary horse from Norse mythology. Through Sleipnir Travels Website, children are invited to create digital postcards about Sleipnir’s adventures in the cities it visits. These postcards will be publishable (and email-able) directly from a website.
On 11-12 February, “Writing Our Melbourne” will showcase the work of three expatriate Indian authors and their conceptions of their city, as part of the Jaipur Literature Festival Melbourne. The festival, in itself a collaboration between the Jaipur Literature Festival and the Melbourne Writers Festivals, will explore the unique links between the two Creative Cities, their countries and people.
On 28 August, the 2016 edition of the Chinese Writers Festival, supported by Melbourne Creative City of Literature and Creative Victoria, will showcase Chinese-Australian literary achievements and celebrate diversity in Melbourne’s cultural landscape. This completely bilingual festival will include a mix of keynotes and panels featuring local and international guests, including Lei Tao (Xi'an), Xu Xi (Hong Kong-New York), Ouyang Yu, Alice Pung and more.
From 15th September to 2nd October, the “Open Book” programme, presented in partnership with Melbourne Fringe Festival supported by Melbourne Creative City of Literature, will feature a wide range of events and installations that will cast a new light on the city and its relationship with literature.
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