Creativity as a factor in urban development

State capital of Hannover with specialist partners
UNESCO City of Literature Heidelberg in the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Heidelberg
Key objectives of the measure:

Harness music and literature for sustainable urban development: Intensify, expand and cement innovation and networking, artists’ exchange and collaborations for professionals and laypeople

Scope of the measure:
Local, International
Nature of the measure:
Results expected through the implementation of the measure:
  • Connecting and promoting musical and literary creativity in urban society
  • Adding momentum to innovation in urban society; exchanging strategies, ideas and practices
  • Intensifying, expanding, consolidating artistic mobility through the network of Cities of Music and Literature; including and promoting regional artists.


  • Further developing sound design in a targeted way in cooperation with the Hannover “Hörregion” (listening region)
  • Hosting “Fête de la Musique” 2016 as UNESCO City of Music
  • Creating new impetus for existing festivals in the areas of jazz, world music and classical music
  • Strengthening the network of UNESCO Cities of Music through knowledge platform


  • Intensifying literary endeavours in the Heidelberg region through participatory projects
  • Strengthening interdisciplinary collaboration with artists, cultural institutions and the university
  • Popularising knowledge of the literary history of Heidelberg
  • Raising awareness of the need to translate German-language literature into other languages, increasing the international reception of German literature
  • Holding an international network meeting of the UNESCO Cities of Literature in order to exchange knowledge and plan cooperative projects,Len/Home/Go+out/Unesco+City+of+Literature.html 

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Heidelberg: 160,000 to 200,000 EUR in annual resources

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)