All of our projects fall into one of four areas - below is a summary of some of the work we have been doing in one of these.
We Focus On
maintain a lead role in the Creative Cities Network
We worked to develop the status of the UNESCO DESIGNATION within the Creative Cities programme and maintain and develop Edinburgh’s leading role in a new international network. We attended the annual Creative Cities Network meeting in Paris representing Edinburgh as lead city and welcomed the Director General, Koïchiro Matsuura, to Edinburgh in August 2009.
We actively supported the cities of Melbourne and Iowa in their successful applications to become Cities of Literature, and are currently assisting 7 other cities preparing to approach UNESCO.
Melbourne - in August 2008 a live satellite link between Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Melbourne Writers’ Festival was arranged to celebrate Melbourne joining the network as the second UNESCO City of Literature.
Kolkata – in January 2009, City of Literature Trustees attended the Kolkata Book Fair representing literary Edinburgh, where Scotland was the Guest Country.
Participated in UNESCO’s Creative Cities network representing Edinburgh at international conferences in Paris, Berlin, Seville and Santa Fe. We give presentations, particpate in workshops, and forge links to us and other local and national organisations that benefit from international expertise here and elsewhere.
Edinburgh's fresh and visionary input has been warmy welcomed, and as a result we are seen a leading city in the UNESCO Creative Cities network, helping to co-ordinate activity and encouraging new applications to the network.
- UNESCO European Headquarter, Paris (France)
- Berlin (Germany)
- Seville (France)
- Sante Fe Creative Tourism conference (USA )
- Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature (Australia)
|Research and Publications|
We contributed to three pieces of research on Cities of Literature/Cultural Heritage (from researches in Italy, Scotland and Australia) and contributed to Santa Fe’s Creative Tourism publication.
Created media packs for journalists about the Cities of Literature and led the network in creating packs for each of their cities.
|UK Conference Talks|
Literary Houses (Leeds), Napier University ‘Cities of Reading, Cities of Literature’ (Edinburgh).
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