This page contains correspondence from the various UNESCO Creative Cities around the world, with invitations to other cities in the Network (which now includes the City of Nassau) to participate! More information can be found on the new UCCN website that was launched on July 9, 2015 at http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities
Granada UNESCO City of Literature, which depends on Granada City Council’s Department for the Arts, in partnership with the University of Granada (through its University Extension Unit, International Development Unit, and Social Responsibility, Equality and Inclusion Unit), is launching a new international Granada Writers in Residence Programme. The purpose of this programme is to strengthen international partnerships in the arts sector in general and in the field of writing in particular, which is one of the main objectives set by the city of Granada as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).
What does the programme aim to achieve?
Granada UNESCO City of Literature and the University of Granada are setting up this programme to foster contacts and forge bonds between writers from Granada and those from other cities and countries all over the world, to extend the international reach of Granada-based writers, to build international awareness of the cultural fabric of the city of Granada, and to promote Granada as a city of the arts that welcomes talent from abroad with open arms.
Who is the programme for?
The Granada Writers in Residence Programme is targeted at emerging writers, residing in any country in whichever language they write.
What are we offering?
A month’s stay (30 nights) in Granada for two writers, between 1 November and 1 December 2018.
Granada UNESCO City of Literature will cover the travelling expenses of each of the writers selected.
The University of Granada will arrange and cover the costs of accommodation for the two writers. Each will have their own room with full board at the university’s hall of residence for visitors (Corrala de Santiago).
Granada UNESCO City of Literature and the University of Granada will provide the writers in residence with opportunities to participate in the city’s literary life, arranging contacts with local writers, involvement in workshops, teaching activities, and so on.
Corrala de Santiago
Corrala de Santiago is a unique example of the popular architecture of the XVI century in Granada. Located in the historic quarter of El Realejo, its structure consists of a rectangular courtyard with a superior balcony housing the dwellings. Owned by the University since 1991, this building was restored to become a temporary residence for teachers and pupils and a cultural centre where many activities have taken place during the last years (exhibitions, theatre, concerts, cinema, conferences, etc.).
What do we expect in return?
In addition to the personal writing projects that the writers in residence will be working on in Granada, they must also undertake to create a text (fiction or non-fiction), at least 8,000 characters long, on their experience — in a broad sense — of writing and living in Granada, assigning all the associated rights of reproduction, translation, etc. to Granada City Council and the University of Granada for any future publication.
The writers in residence must undertake to participate in activities related to the local literary system, as proposed by the programme’s organisers.
Having published at least one book and no more than five (prose fiction, essays, poetry, etc.), excluding self-publishing.
Completing the attached application form. (Open with Adobe Acrobat)
Intermediate to high level of language skills in English or Spanish.
Synopsis of the literary project that you would like to work on during your stay in Granada.
The following, while optional, will also be positively valued:
Knowledge of Spanish language
Cultural and historical interest in the city of Granada.
An extract (1500–3000 words) from one of your books, in Spanish or English.
Letter(s) of recommendation.
The writers will be selected by a panel of experts chosen by UNESCO City of Literature and the University of Granada.
Submissions and deadlines
Completed application forms should be submitted by email to the contact person in the offices of Granada UNESCO City of Literature, Carmen Casares, firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than September 20.
The names of the two successful applicants will be announced on October 1 on the Granada UNESCO City of Literature website (granadaciudaddeliteratura.com).
Nassau’s sister Creative City of Kortrijk, Belgium in the UNESCO Creative City Network has launched a Call for Designers in Residence and strongly invites designers from The Bahamas to apply.
Designregio Kortrijk is looking for 3 highly motivated and recently graduated designer-makers or creative artists to join in a regional residency in Kortrijk, Belgium.
This year's theme is: ‘Discover the Next Space’ Spaces that heal. In-store shows. Hospitality in hospitals. They are inviting 3 young designers to develop an experimental concept for the future of spaces, through confrontation between citizens, society, entrepreneurs and education in regions such as Kortrijk.
It is a 3-month full time working residency from September to December 2018. Designregio Kortrijk will provide:
• Usage of Budalab Open Makerspace & Bolwerk Workspace
• Experts in several domains and support of Designregio Kortrijk
• One-time travel expenses
This year's theme is: 'Discover the Next Space'
Spaces that heal. In-store shows. Hospitality in hospitals.
Designregio Kortrijk invites 3 young designers to develop an experimental concept for the future of spaces, through confrontation between citizens, society, entrepreneurs and education in regions such as Kortrijk.
The compactness of this region is both a benefit and a challenge.
During the Biennale Interieur from 18 to 22 October 2018 the Designers in Residence Kortrijk will get the opportunity to show their research and on-going progress to an international audience.
Designregio Kortrijk will be your host. Our organisation is the platform for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship for the Kortrijk region. We organize projects that encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, inspire with good practices and connect companies, designers, education and government.
We are a joint venture of 5 regional organisations, with whom you will work closely together. This will allow you as a designer to connect with the local community (city of Kortrijk), local producers and maker industry (Voka West-Flanders & Interieur Foundation), urban planners and developers (Leiedal) and innovative education (Howest).
At the same time, the Buda Island is the focal point for a fascinating community of creative individuals, companies, cultural organizations, creative teaching as well as end-users. The aim is to connect with the local maker industry, largely embedded in the region and local producers in a contemporary way.
- The Kortrijk region (Belgium) is a strong player in the economically blooming largest European inter-regional Eurometropolis and can be exemplified by large companies such as Barco, Bekaert, Unilin, Vandewiele, as well as a large number of family owned SME’s with an international outlook such as Skyline, Delta Light, Renson, Casalis, Obumex, Curana and many more.
- University College HOWEST & their Industrial Design Center is an open knowledge center and a communication platform between the industry and the education, research and development programs of the Howest and Ghent University in Kortrijk. Digital Arts & Entertainment and Devine - Digital Design and Development are, amongst others, two of their state of the art education programs.
The profile of the designers must correspond to the following criteria:
recently graduated (minimum level: master)
manual skills (conceptual, handy, production, fabrication)
an international outlook
Are you one of the designers we are looking for? Do you see the unique added value in participating in this residency?
Completed applications must be submitted to Designregio Kortrijk before Friday 1 June 2018, 9:00 CET. Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.
Dear UNESCO Creative Cities of Crafts and Folk Art,
We would like to inform you that the Creative City of Kanazawa has launched a Call for Projects for the 2017 Kogei World Competition.
The Kogei World Competition is an international competition meant to convey to the world what is new in kogei (craft). This competition serves to pursue artistic works that demonstrate a rich sense of expressivity, using the techniques and skills cultivated within the world of kogei to bring concepts and ideas to life.
In this framework, we warmly encourage the Creative Cities of Crafts and Folk Art to submit their innovative projects.
THE CALL IS OPENED UNTIL 19 AUGUST 2016.
Good luck to those who will join the Competition!
When: Thu, 03/10/2016 to Sun, 03/20/2016
From 10 to 20 March 2016, the Sofia International Film Festival (Bulgaria) spreads its wings wide across the city to celebrate its 20th anniversary with international film makers and fans of big screen.
Sofia International Film Festival is the leading film festival in Bulgaria. Launched in 1997, it attracts more than 70 000 spectators annually. The Festival promotes important and innovative works of modern world cinema to local audiences as well as Bulgarian and Balkan cinema to international audiences, implementing the mission statement of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network at the local and international levels. Meanwhile, local and international filmmakers are given a chance to screen their work and to enhance cultural cooperation through the festival.
The centerpiece of this festival is varied international competitions, focused on different film formats and styles, which already have a well-recognized international influence in the filmindustry. Joining the competitions, more than 200 films, including feature films, documentaries and short films, will be projected to illustrate the power of film. Sofia is willing to work with other Creative Cities of Film to prepare next edition of the Festival to enhance it’s at the international level through the cooperation within and between cities of the Network.
FROM SHENZHEN CHINA, CITY OF DESIGN:
The call for entries for the Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SZ+DAY) 2015 has been launched since the beginning of July. Anyone interested participating can obtain further information as follows:
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From TEL AVIV, CITY OF MEDIA ARTS:
Dear Creative Cities,
The City of Tel Aviv-Yafo, which is honored to have recently joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Media Arts, invites its fellow Creative Cities to the DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival, a week-long series of events focused on digital culture, creativity and urban innovation. The festival, which will take place between 6-10 September 2015, runs in parallel with Israel's largest international technology gathering, DLD Tel Aviv, and will feature around 100 different events ranging from meetups, conferences and panels to outdoor public happenings. Following is a link to a video clip summarizing the week-long 2014 DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkeJEZKtqz8&list=UUJ5I5DfxVraHXGDytOnTqKQ
One of the highlights of the week is the annual Cities Summit Tel Aviv: Cracking the Innovation Code, which will take place on 7-8 September 2015. This event will bring together urban administrators, innovators and visionaries from cities around the world to discuss ways to stimulate and encourage creative approaches to urban challenges.
This year the Cities Summit will feature a special session for members of the Creative Cities Network specifically focused on digital culture and urban innovation, where fellow Creative Cities can share current activities in their respective creative fields. We invite you to take part in this session, where you will have an opportunity to discuss your city's efforts to advance creativity, as well as to learn about other cities' initiatives and exchange best practices. We are currently formulating the content for this session and are open to receiving suggestions for topic discussions, should you have any particular theme or initiative which you would like to explore. Following is a link to the 2014 Cities Summit, where you may find information on 2014 speakers and events: http://citiestelaviv.evolero.com/2014
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me should you have any questions or if your city would like to participate. We hope you can join us in Tel Aviv in September for DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Week 2015.
Michelle Sofge | מישל סופג'י
Tel Aviv-Yafo Coordinator, UNESCO Creative Cities Network | מתאמת תל אביב-יפו, רשת ערים יצירתיות של אונסקו
Tel Aviv Global & Tourism | עיר עולם ותיירות
Mayor's Office, Tel Aviv-Yafo
FROM BOLOGNA, ITALY:
Dear Creative Cities,
please take note the contest for the creation of a "Shoah Memorial” in
On the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration
camp, i.e. on January 27th 2015, the Bologna Jewish Community and the Union
of Italian Jewish Communities, in partnership with the City of Bologna and
Emilia Romagna Region among the others, have launched a contest for the
creation of a "Shoah Memorial” to be located on a significant site in
Bologna, namely in the new square created close to the railstation. The
objective is to build a special place in the city to keep the memory of the
Shoah alive. Deadline to apply to phase 1 is April 7, 2015.