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UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, designated the Italian poet and writer Maria Francesca Merloni as Goodwill Ambassador for Creative Cities on Wednesday 4 October 2017 at a ceremony held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.   
Dénia, a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, together with the Valencian Board for Tourism, will hold from 29 September  to 1 October, the 1st edition of the D*na Gastronomic Festival born from a passion for Mediterranean food and local products.
For a week now, until 7 January 2018, Saint-Étienne’s exhibition “Are You Talking to Me? – Uses and practices of connected objects” runs in the Cité du design of the Creative City. First set-up at the occasion of the XIth UCCN Annual Meeting in Enghien-les Bains, France, held from 30 June to 2 July 2017, the exhibition shows the artworks of 11 Cities of Design, with the objective to promote the creative potential of the Network’s artists.   
From 10 to 16 October, the City of Torino is organizing, as a Creative City of Design, a series of events and activities in line with Turin World Design Organization 30th General Assembly. “Torino Design of the City”, one of the most important gatherings in the sector, aims to raise the interest of citizens, professionals – national and international players – on all aspects about design such as sustainable urban mobility and design-thinking in public policies.
Following the success of its first edition, LIM (Less is More), the European platform for project development of limited budget features films, has launched its 2018 call for applications, offering to a new generation of talented filmmakers, as well as artists of all kinds – from theatre, documentary and visual arts – the opportunity of designing their own limited budget film project.
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.
Since last 6 August until 1 October 2017, the second edition of Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF) is held in the Creative City of Media Arts. Triennial festival, incepted in 2014, is a unique example uniting not only contemporary art but also design, music and television. Various forms of expression are integrated into this festival including performances, scenic events and projects including the participation of inhabitants.
Since its designation in 2014 as a UNESCO Creative City of Design, Curitiba has redoubled its efforts in putting design and innovation at the core of its events and activities. Let’s take a closer look at some of the city’s initiatives.
Nottingham, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, has confirmed that it is looking to bid for European Capital of Culture 2023, at a launch event held on 16 August 2017. Nottingham’s European Capital of Culture 2023 bid team is confident the city’s entry will be heavily supported by people across the Midlands and beyond, and is calling on locals to become Nottingham 2023 ‘Cultural Lions’.
Broadcaster and campaigner Esther Rantzen will launch this year’s Golden Years Film Festival in Bradford, a UNESCO Creative City of Film. The six-day festival hosted by Bradford in partnership with Picturehouse at the National Science and Media Museum will run from Saturday 30 September.