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From 14 to 17 October, Afyonkarahisar (Turkey), a Creative City of Gastronomy, will host the 3rd International GastroAfyon Tourism and Taste Festival filled with entertaining educational and artistic activities, interviews and workshops and most importantly delicious food.  The event will bring together exceptional local and global chefs with the goal of attracting a variety of attendees, from university students, press representatives to food critics. A broad experience of Afyonkarahisar's cultural richness will...
Jinju (Republic of Korea), a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art, will host the 2021 Jinju Traditional Crafts Biennale, under the theme “Law of Traditional Crafts”. The event, organized by Jinju Traditional Crafts Biennale Committee and Jinju Creative Industries Promotion Association will be held in the city from 4 to 21 November. For two weeks craft-related activities, such as international craft art exhibitions, talks, meetings and lectures will be displayed in order to attract a wide audience including 12 Creative Cities from...
Salvador (Brazil), a Creative City of Music, is the birthplace of some of the world’s greatest artists from MPB, samba-reggae, rock, pagode, axé and other genres and rhythms. To honour its musical heritage and celebrate its designation as a Creative City of Music, last 22 September Salvador unveiled a new museum installed in an emblematic historic mansion, exhibiting over 800 hours of Bahia music related content. With the entire museum collection presented via interactive audiovisual displays, visitors can explore the city’...
On 2 October, Parma (Italy), a Creative City of Gastronomy, organized ‘The excellence of Made in Italy and the recovery of the territories’ symposium, in collaboration with the city of Como (Italy), a candidate city of Crafts and Folk Art. Hosted as part of  the “Mercanteinfiera”, an international fair dedicated to modernism, antiques and collectables, the symposium explored the synergies and interactions between different creative fields, namely gastronomy and textile crafts and their role in the recovery from...
On 30 September 2021, 19 UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature came together to celebrate International Translation Day with a collaborative project initiated by Slemani (Iraq), which saw cities around the world translate W.S. Merwin's poem “From the Start", into their local language.    The themes of Merwin’s poem resonated perfectly with International Translation Day, promoting the vast number of languages spoken across the UNESCO Creative Cities around the world. Residents of these cities were then invited...
  From 6 to 10 September 2021, Reykjavik hosted the first hybrid UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature Annual Conference. Under the theme Reconnect in Reykjavík, highlighting the need to reconnect after the isolation experienced during the pandemic, the conference brought together creative talents from the world of literature and key players on the City’s literary scene, offering delegates from UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature the opportunity to see the exceptional work being done in Reykjavik to support its flourishing...
  In September 2021, commemorating the announcement of the winner of the first edition of the Bucheon Diaspora Literary Award (BUDILIA), Bucheon (Republic of Korea) launched: We are All Diaspora. In an era of mass global migration, this online campaign, in collaboration with the Bucheon Hope Foundation, aims to raise awareness of Diaspora literature and the important role it plays in social inclusion and cohesion.    This year, once the campaign has reached 100 posts (on social media platforms), 100 books, including the...
Proud to be the first designated Creative City of Music in Turkey, the city of Kırşehir has long been a cradle of innovative musical talent and is often considered as the keystone of Turkish folk music.    From 7-8 July 2021, Kırşehir Municipality, hosted the National Music Workshop, in collaboration with Ahi Evran University Fine Arts Faculty, Kırşehir Culture and Tourism Directorate, Kırşehir City Council, Non-Governmental Organizations and Neset Ertas Fine Arts High School. With a view to preserving, promoting and nurturing...
  On 11 and 12 September 2021, to celebrate its longstanding culinary tradition, Östersund (Sweden), a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy since 2017, hosted the Harvest gastronomic festival.   This year, the annual Harvest festival saw more than twenty local farmers open their farms to the public and invited visitors to experience the region’s gastronomic traditions and explore its culinary history. Offering the opportunity to taste genuine local products, such as freshly harvested vegetables, charcuterie, cheese, bread...
Carrara, a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art since 2017, will host the first edition of the ‘Creativity Forum’ with the Coordination of Italian Creative Cities’ support. Under the theme “The artist and the craftsman, the engines of urban regeneration”, representatives of institutions and experts in different fields such as arts, crafts, architecture, economics and communication, will be reunited in Carrara from the 24 to 26 September to discuss urban regeneration with a special focus on the rebirth...