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On the occasion of the International Literacy Day (8 September), the UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature jointly launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #InternationalLiteracyDay2020 and #UNESCOCitiesofLiterature. As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cities of Literature redesigned their plans for the 2020 edition of International Literacy Day, in order to enable digital and simultaneous celebrations around the world.
Bucheon, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature in the Republic of Korea, is organizing the first Bucheon Diaspora Literary Award (BUDILIA). Illustrating the transformative power of literature, the theme of the award highlights the essence of literature in sublimation of historical moments, lived experiences and the process of identity formation. Through the award, the city ultimately seeks to uplift the spirits of residents and strengthen solidarity and collaboration, especially amidst the current pandemic.
Ulyanovsk (Russian Federation), a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, organized the international online photo exhibition “A City as a Writer's Workplace”, that brought more than 100 photographs from writers and literary artists from the Creative Cities of Literature and other places around the world.
Lviv, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, in Ukraine, in partnership with the Versopolis Review, a platform of 30 European and other international poetry festivals, is organizing an online literary event ‘Festival of Hope’.  Facing the COVID-19 outbreak, the Versopolis Review aims to create a unique transnational event to reflect, steer, demonstrate, poeticize, question and address the notions related to hope through literature.
The city of Ulyanovsk, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature in Russia has launched a Call for Application for the project titled ‘A City as a Writer's Workplace’.  This project is timely as many of the cities are currently on lockdown due to the global outbreak of COVID-19.
Facing the current global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), thirteen UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature (Edinburgh, Heidelberg, Kraków, Kuhmo, Ljubljana, Manchester, Melbourne, Montevideo, Nottingham, Óbidos, Reykjavik, Tartu and Ulyanovsk) have taken their World Poetry Day events online with poetry readings, flash-mobs, videos, and publishing on digital platforms. The activities will honour poets and celebrate one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression.
Ulyanovsk, UNESCO Creative City of Literature, launched its 2020 Call for Applications for the second International Literary Residency Programme open to writers and artists from the UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature. The programme aims to create inter-city exchanges and promote culture-oriented development policies that support creativity and innovation, in line with the 2030 Agenda.
Lviv, a Creative City of Literature of UNESCO in Ukraine, will organize its second International Translation Workshop ‘LitTransformer 2020’ from 30 May to 8 June 2020.
Bucheon, a Creative City of Literature in Republic of Korea, has announced its first Residency Programme, which will host two international artists in 2020. The city has launched an open call for writers, translators and cartoonists belonging to the 246 member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Through this programme, Bucheon aims at fostering knowledge sharing and professional exchanges while contributing to the mobility of artists.
The Creative City of Bucheon has announced the first edition of the “Bucheon Diaspora Literary Award”, which will be launched in 2021. The “diaspora literature”, understood as a literary style, is becoming increasingly important in an era of global migrations, in order to strengthen communication and reflect cultural diversity through literature.