Under the UNESCO Cities of Literature umbrella, Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature took the opportunity to contribute to the project Caring for Each Other is a Human Right. Launched by Slemani, a city in Iraq, that became a UNESCO City of Literature in 2019. They called for written works of optimism and positivity to help people cope during the global COVID-19 pandemic. These were available online and a book gifted to participants as a permanent record of this creative collaboration.
Dunedin shared the beautiful poem Otago Harbour by Jilly O’Brien.
Sixteen UNESCO Cities of Literature worldwide (including Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature) extended best wishes in nine languages to Wuhan, China.
With a 3500 year-long history, Wuhan is one of the most ancient and civilized metropolitan cities in China. Wuhan is known for its expertise in bridge and high-speed rail engineering, resilient urban planning and high-tech industries. 50% of the world’s long-span bridges and 60% of China’s high-speed railways were designed by Wuhan designers.
UNESCO Creative Cities Network invited artists to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with video messages to show solidarity during the global crisis. Originally the brainchild of the Creative Cities music cluster (Mannheim UNESCO City of Music (Germany) and Music Export Poland), with all 7 UNESCO Creative City clusters encouraged to get involved.
City of Literature Possibilities Project, Possibilities are endless……
UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is the international organisation committed to creating cultural links across the world. The City of Literature Residency Programme enables a group of writers each year to develop and share their work on an international stage. In 2019 Liz Breslin had this opportunity, with support from Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature to take up a two-month residency in Kraków, Poland. During this time Liz not only produced her own work but had the opportunity to explore many forms of Polish literature. Read more here: https://hail.to/dunedin-unesco-city-of-literature/article/h0dS8zI