UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature teen writing prize: winners announced

    A Land of Granite: Teen Writing Competition Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature in partnership with Dunedin Public Libraries and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery invited participation in a teen writing competition, timed to coincide with the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Colin McCahon exhibition A Land of Granite: McCahon and Otago. https://dunedin.art.museum/exhibitions/present/a-land-of-granite/ The writing… Read more »

UNESCO Creative Cities Network XIII Annual Meeting

Mark Roach from Auckland City of Music attended the UNESCO Creative Cities Network XIII Annual Meeting in Fabriano, Italy from 12 to 15 June, along with Mayor Dave Cull from Dunedin City of Literature. He reports back. Fabriano (City of Craft & Folk Arts) in the Marche region of Italy was the host for the… Read more »

Calling all playwrights

Playwrights are invited to contribute to the success of the UNESCO Cities of Literature Short Play Festival, which will be hosted by the University of Otago in Dunedin between September 12 and 20, 2019. Playwrights, theatre companies and tertiary Theatre or Drama programmes in other UNESCO Cities of Literature will be sending scripts or productions,… Read more »

Mobile app for Dunedin’s literary locations

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature has teamed up with the University of Otago’s Department of English and Linguistics to create dtour, an app that links remarkable writers and their stories to remarkable sites in Dunedin and the Otago region, with many more to follow. These literary locations not only reflect the city’s colourful cultural history… Read more »

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 »