UNESCO announces 11 new cities of literature
UNESCO has announced 11 additional cities of literature among 66 newly designated creative cities.
The new cities of literature are:
- Angoulême (France)
- Beirut (Lebanon)
- Exeter (UK)
- Kuhmo (Finland)
- Lahore (Pakistan)
- Leeuwarden (Netherlands)
- Nanjing (China)
- Odessa (Ukraine)
- Slemani (Iraq)
- Wonju (South Korea)
- Wrocław (Poland).
UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay said, ‘All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy.’ UNESCO said in a statement that creative cities are ‘championing sustainable development actions that directly benefit communities at an urban level’.
The announcement brings the total number of cities of literature to 39, among a creative cities network of 246 cities. Melbourne has been a city of literature since 2008 and celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. Dunedin in New Zealand was designated a city of literature in 2014.
View the full list of newly designated creative cities here.
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