Barcelona makes its candidacy to the UNESCO for City of Literature official

On 11 December this year, the UNESCO administration will publish the list of new cities in the Creative Cities Network, for which Barcelona is a candidate to become a member

Barcelona has officially submitted its candidacy to the UNESCO to become a member of the Creative Cities Network as a City of Literature. On 11 December this year, the UNESCO will publish the list of new cities in the network.

UNESCO Cities of Literature work together to create global collaborations and literary connections among member cities. Each city runs local programmes to involve their citizens in the dynamic practice of the literary discipline.

Among other points, the project submitted proposes that Barcelona becomes an international meeting place for authors and writers together with the other cities in the network, fosters innovation in projects to promote reading and establishes itself as the global benchmark city in the celebration of 23 April as UNESCO World Book Day.

The first UNESCO City of Literature was Edinburgh in 2004. Today, the programme has grown and the present members are Melbourne, Iowa City, Dublin, Reykjavik, Norwich, Krakow, Heidelberg, Prague, Dunedin (New Zealand) and Granada.

Publication date: Thursday, 16 July 2015
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