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.
On March 21 2019, in the occasion of World Poetry Day, 15 UNESCO Cities of Literature across the globe were linking up to hold simultaneous events in their respective cities. For instance, around 60 poets who live in Granada and possess different aesthetic approaches, offered a public poetry reading in 25 bookshops around the city.
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.
Krakow UNESCO City of Literature launches an open call to its Residency Programme.
Until 1 February 2019, playwrights, theatre companies and universities based in UNESCO Creative Cities Call for Scripts of Literature are invited to submit creative scripts and productions. Selected works will be staged at the Cities of Literature Short Play Festival to be held in Dunedin, UNESCO Creative City of Literature, from 12 to 20 September 2019.
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.
Sangdong Library in Bucheon, UNESCO Creative City of Literature, has opened a special exhibition room featuring 10,000 books from Okinawa, the Japanese archipelago. The Okinawa corner is the only resource of its kind in the Republic of Korea to learn about Okinawan society, history and culture.
Edinburgh to Welcome Writer Ahsan Ridha Hassan from Krakow for a First Lord Provost's International Residency
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.
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.