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Using music as a medium of exchange, the UNESCO Creative Cities of Music, Llíria (Spain) and Vranje (Serbia) organized a collaborative musical event to share experiences and strengthen cooperation. As part of this joint event, the city of Vranje, in collaboration with the Stevan Mokranjac School of Music, welcomed the renowned classical music guitarist Rafael Serrallet, who is also a conservatory professor from Llíria.
As part of its one year anniversary as a UNESCO Creative City of Music, Sanandaj organized a webinar that focused on urban development and creativity to further discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and reflect upon its future plans to achieve the Network’s goals and objectives. The meeting brought together various stakeholders including high-level representatives from the Iranian Creative Cities, academics, as well as cultural professionals, and creators.
Nassau (Bahamas), a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art since 2014 organized its annual art festival themed “Transforming Spaces”, virtually.
Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, Macao SAR (China), a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy since 2017, continues to strive for the promotion of its rich culinary heritage and techniques through education and innovation. Inscribed as Macao’s intangible cultural heritage since 2012, the Macanese gastronomy represents more than 400 years of food culture.
On the occasion of the UNESCO Cities of Design subnetwork meeting 2020, hosted by the Creative City of Graz (Austria) and Saint-Etienne (France), three thematic panel discussions were organized on different facets of urban development to make cities sustainable and future-proof. To allow cities to participate form all over the world, the panel discussions followed a hybrid format.
As a UNESCO Creative City of Design, Montréal has developed numerous strategies to ensure greater recognition for designers and architects and to increase the quality of design of buildings and public spaces. With this in mind, the city recently launched an international multidisciplinary landscape architecture competition for the development of a site located in the heart of the “Quartier des spectacles” in downtown Montreal.
Québec (Canada), a UNESCO Creative City of Literature since 2017, together with the Festival ‘Québec en toutes lettres’, organized virtually ‘La grande traversée poétique’(The great poetic journey) from 23 to 25 October 2020. On this unique occasion, more than 200 poets and creative writers from 20 countries gathered online and share their literary pieces through readings, performances and videos.
Busan (Republic of Korea), a UNESCO Creative City of Film since 2014, has undertaken various development projects to support its creative sector. Recently, in September, the city initiated the construction of the World Cinema Landmark Project. Through the creation of the Busan Cinema Center (BCC), the city intends to place the cultural landmark as the centre stage for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which has become a global tourist attraction.
Saint-Étienne (France), the only Creative City of Design in France celebrates its 10th anniversary as a UNESCO Creative City of Design.
On the occasion of the World Cities Day 2020, UNESCO in the framework of the UNESCO Cities Platform of which Creative Cities Network is a part of, will bring together speakers from academia, public and private sectors, and civil society for an “Urban Dialogue”, to continue the discussion on the integral and essential role of communities in building sustainable and resilient cities.