Cork, UNESCO city of visual folk media arts
UNESCO has designated Iowa City as its third City of Literature. You know, along with Edinburgh and Melbourne. Melbourne? Fabulous city and all, but of literature? So here’s how it works. UNESCO has a project called the Creative Cities Network. As far as the website goes, it “connects cities who want to share experiences, ideas and best practices aiming at cultural, social and economic development.”
There’s an opportunity to ”Read More” on the site with tantalising links entitled “What is the Creative Cities Network” and “Why Cities” that at the moment just lead to a log-in page that I can’t be bothered working out access to, even were such a thing possible. But Wikipedia elucidates a little: “The Creative Cities Network aims to find and enrich a member city’s cultural identity in the midst of a growing trend towards internationalism.” An interesting enough project, that so far includes no Irish cities, interestingly enough. Perhaps because to become part of the network, you have to submit an application.
Those who’ve done so and been accorded membership include the three cities mentioned above, as well as Bologna, Seville and Glasgow for music, Aswan in Egypt and Santa Fe in the US for folk art (whatever that is), Berlin, Buenos Aires, Montreal and Shenzhen for design, Lyon for media arts (again, what now?) and Popayan in Colombia for – wait for it - gastronomy.
So what should we go for? Galway for music, and Dublin for literature seem a little obvious, so perhaps it’s worth getting creative with the Creative Cities Network. Any suggestions?