UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Auckland launches Music Strategy

Auckland officially launched its Auckland Music Strategy Te Rautaki Puoro o Tāmaki Makaurau 2018-2021 as a member of the UNESCO Creative City Network this week. The event was held in style at the beautiful Civic Theatre Wintergarden, combining passionate speeches and uplifting performances that clearly set the tone for the possibilities that lie ahead. The speakers… Read more »

UNESCO Creative Cities representatives in Poland

A report by Mark Roach, Auckland UNESCO City of Music Network XII Annual Meeting, Kraków and Katowice, Poland 12-16 June. Kraków (City of Literature) and Katowice (City of Music) jointly hosted the 12th Annual Meeting of the Creative Cities Network which I attended, representing Auckland City of Music. The meeting was also attended by Nicky… Read more »

Dunedin rugby team encourages love of reading

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature is excited to partner with the Pulse Energy Highlanders rugby team in a new pilot programme, Little Landers Literature, designed to encourage primary school pupils to read more. A significant body of research shows that reading for pleasure at a young age leads to a range of improved life outcomes,… Read more »

Update: Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature

Director City of Literature Nicky Page shares the latest news from Dunedin. It has been a lively time for Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature. One of the best parts is working with our wonderful writers, and alongside Dunedin Public Libraries and other local institutions and community groups. Collaboration was celebrated during our Creative Cities Southern… Read more »

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature to hold Creative Cities hui

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature is holding a Creative Cities Southern Hui from Tuesday 28 November to Saturday 2 December. The collaborative event, sponsored by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and held in partnership with the University of Otago’s Centre for the Book, is free and open to all, with registration essential. The… Read more »

Auckland becomes UNESCO Creative City of Music

Auckland has become a City of Music, joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Auckland’s successful bid, along with 11 other music cities worldwide, was announced by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on 31 October. “The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a… Read more »

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature activities

Literature continues to be a vibrant part of Dunedin life. Here’s a taste of what’s been happening in the UNESCO City of Literature lately, and a preview of the year ahead. Poems in the Waiting Room The Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ) project, based in Dunedin, distributes 8000 free poetry cards every season to… Read more »

Creative City of Literature

Congratulations Dunedin! (Photos courtesy Dunedin City of Literature) The National Commission congratulates Dunedin – which after many months of preparation, hard work and collaboration, received the international designation as a Creative City of Literature by UNESCO in December 2014. The Chair of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Ian McKinnon said the achievement was to… Read more »