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From June to September, Kaunas, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, organized a one-stage anonymous design contest to seek a design concept for the city’s new Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Concert Centre. 117 architectal studios entered contest from 36 countries. The 3 finalists are now revealed and 11 top proposals, including several from studios sited in UNESCO Creative Cities.
Who is the most famous person from Kaunas, Lithuania, of all times? If we think about art and culture, George Maciunas is the right answer. Born in Kaunas in 1931, George Maciunas emigrated to Germany and then to the United States of America with his family in the wake of WW2. Later in New York, he became the founder and godfather of Fluxus – the international and interdisciplinary experimental art movement that took shape in the 1960s.
Until 31 December, the 2017 Call for Entries of the Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY) is open to find the new young talents of the design field within the Network. The Call is organized by Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Office and Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association (SDPA), in association with the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
From 16 to 25 October 2017, Montréal, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, had the honour of hosting professionals from around the world as part of its very first World Design Summit. At the summit’s conclusion, an important declaration was adopted by many international organizations representing designers, architects, urban planners, and landscape architects.
Since 1 October 2017 to 15 December, Bilbao, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, organizes a Call for Applications to young designers around the world, launched within the framework of its International Art and Fashion (BIAAF) platform. The International Art and Fashion (BIAAF) is a non-profit platform created by professionals belonging to very different areas, and dedicated to the discovery and launch of young promising fashion designers from all over the world.
Santos, Brazil, a Creative City of Film, and Bandung, Indonesia, a Creative City of Design are coming together to organize the Santos Bandung Film Festival (SBFF) from 20 to 29 October 2017.
From 16 to 25 October, Montreal, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, hosts an international reunion of unequalled scope: the World Design Summit. Under the theme “Bring About Change by Design”, this global meeting brings together professionals working in the four corners of the globe and in the six design disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, graphic design, industrial design and interior design.
From 22 to 24 September, Beijing, China, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, organized the Creative 2030 Summit in the framework of its Design Week.
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.