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On 23 November, Bucheon, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, hosted the 2022 Diaspora Literary Award Ceremony to celebrate diaspora literature, together with representatives from five fellow Creative Cities of Literature.   The Ceremony rewarded the New York-based author Min Jin Lee for her novel “Pachinko” before the Mayor of Bucheon, the Chairperson of the City Council and the Secretary-General of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO. The book, which relates the story of a Korean family, depicts the challenges faced by...
In November 2021, the city of Bucheon (Republic of Korea) organized the first Diaspora Literary Awards (BUDILIA) Ceremony. The event was attended by writers as well as officials from the Korean National Commission for UNESCO and saw the designation of prize winners. The inaugural winner of the award is the Korean translation of the novel A Free Life (2007), by author Ha Jin, and translated to Korean by professor WANG Eun-chull. This work of diaspora literature delved into the meaning of a diaspora life through the attitudes and values of a...
On 8 September 2021, nine UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature - including Dunedin (New Zealand), Exeter (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Heidelberg (Germany), Kuhmo (Finland), Manchester (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Nanjing (People’s Republic of China), Odessa (Ukraine), Ulyanovsk (Russian Federation) and Bucheon (Republic of Korea) - are joining forces to celebrate the International Literacy Day together. Recognizing the essential role of literature, its ability to enhance life...
Bucheon (Republic of Korea), a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, has launched the Call for the second edition of the “Bucheon Residency Programme”. The residency offers a professional and artistic exchange programme to two selected writers, translators or cartoonists, foreseen to start in October 2021 for a total duration of up to 6 weeks. With the aim of fostering international exchange and dialogue and in line with the objectives of the UCCN, the programme will contribute to the mobility of literary artists, provide them with a...
On the occasion of the International Literacy Day (8 September), the UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature jointly launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #InternationalLiteracyDay2020 and #UNESCOCitiesofLiterature. As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cities of Literature redesigned their plans for the 2020 edition of International Literacy Day, in order to enable digital and simultaneous celebrations around the world. Led by the city of Bucheon, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature in the Republic of Korea,...
Bucheon, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature in the Republic of Korea, is organizing the first Bucheon Diaspora Literary Award (BUDILIA). Illustrating the transformative power of literature, the theme of the award highlights the essence of literature in sublimation of historical moments, lived experiences and the process of identity formation. Through the award, the city ultimately seeks to uplift the spirits of residents and strengthen solidarity and collaboration, especially amidst the current pandemic. The city invites authors,...
Bucheon, a Creative City of Literature in Republic of Korea, has announced its first Residency Programme, which will host two international artists in 2020. The city has launched an open call for writers, translators and cartoonists belonging to the 246 member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Through this programme, Bucheon aims at fostering knowledge sharing and professional exchanges while contributing to the mobility of artists. The Residency will also offer the opportunity to make an immersion in the creative environment of...
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 this light, Bucheon created the first international prize in diaspora literature, aiming at breaking the ground to this style in the contemporary literary ecosystem, by highlighting the role of...
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.  The representatives of  the six  Korean member cities of Bucheon (Literature), Busan (Film), Daegu(Music), Gwangju (Media Arts), Jeonju (Gastronomy), Tongyeong (Music) exchanged on how to use UNESCO brand to strengthen cooperation at the national level. Moreover, a special session was organized for Korean candidate cities to help them in improving...
A former garbage incinerator plant, B39 has been reimagined, transformed, and rebirthed as a multidisciplinary cultural art space, which will host exhibitions, performances, and educational events. The name B39 reflects the historical, philosophical, and regional aspects of the space. The “B” stands for three concepts which typify the free, wide encompassing, inter-generational philosophy of the space: Bucheon, Bunker, and Borderless. The choice of the number “39” refers to the height of the bunker (39 meters) and the proximity with National...