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UNESCO Creativity City of Literature

Creative City of Literature

Creative City of Literature

The following is from site of Edinburgh City of Literature and UNESCO Cities of Literature Press pack


The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The 246 cities which currently make up this network work together towards a common objective:

placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.

The Network covers seven creative fields:

Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.

The Creative Cities Network is a privileged partner of UNESCO, not only as a platform for reflection on the role of creativity as a lever for sustainable development but also as a breeding ground of action and innovation, notably for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNESCO's City of Literature program is part of a wider Creative Cities Network. The UNESCO Cities of Literature is a leading collaborative network of 39 cities with a shared goal to develop and promote the role of literature and creativity in our cities. It brings together a wide range of cultural professionals to share and inspire each other, strengthen exchanges, promote freedom of speech and further develop frameworks for collaboration in key areas.

Bucheon City led the successful bid to become a UNESCO city of Literature, the first in Asia and the 21st among the world’s prestigious network of recognized cities. Our permanent designation as a UNESCO Creative City enables Bucheon to obtain sustainable urban development focused on people and the respect of human rights.

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To become a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, candidate cities must submit an application that clearly demonstrates their willingness, commitment and capacity to contribute to the objectives of the Network.

If your city is interested in becoming a UNESCO City of Literature, we suggest you start your journey here as UNESCO requests detailed applications. The following is what we have created to help you prepare for your application.

  • First 5 Steps
  • We have created material to help you on that journey and these are the first five simple steps:
  1. Read our [Press Pack]
    This is the Press Pack for the Cities of Literature and gives you a sense of who we are, the benefits of the designation and how we work together.
  2. Read our [Guide for Interested Cities and Prospective Candidates]
    This Guide will help your city if your city is thinking of bidding - it explains everything you need to know at this stage.
  3. Read about the Network’s origin: [How It Began]
    It is important you learn more about the network you may be joining and so we have prepared some information for you about how it all began.
  4. Visit the UNESCO website: [Creative section]
    This is where you can learn more about the 246 cities in the UNESCO Creative City Network and our strategic aims and activity. Of the 246 Creative Cities, 39 are designated as a City of Literature.
  5. Contact Us: [to say Hello and find out why it’s good to be a UNESCO City of Literatrue]
    It is important that cities preparing to bid make links with designated cities in the network. Bucheon City led the successful bid to become a UNESCO city of Literature, the first in Asia and the 21st among the world’s prestigious network of recognized cities. Our insight has been instrumental in helping other cities to make successful applications to our network. Talk to us!
What it means to be a City of Literature
Being a UNESCO City of Literature means we are active, passionate and creative in our approach. We are committed to nurturing and supporting our artform, to collaborating internationally by sharing best practice, to supporting freedom of speech and delivering projects which ensure literature reaches as wide and diverse an audience as possible, locally and internationally. Our work takes place within the wider framework of the Creative City Network mission statement.
Before you apply, please prepare to be dedicated.
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