Bologna, UNESCO Creative City of Music, in collaboration with IncrediBOL! creative innovation of Bologna, is delighted to host Dunedin, UNESCO Creative City of Literature, at the 2017 Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the event in the publishing year’s calendar built around children’s content today.
The project starts from a call that Bologna launched to all the 116 members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, with the aim to offer the participation at the 2017 Children’s Book Fair.
In fact the UNESCO network promotes cooperation between cities that consider creativity and innovation key factors for social, cultural and economic development of their territories, encouraging the development of interdisciplinary projects, both on a local and international level.
The selected city is Dunedin, New Zealand, UNESCO City of Literature since 2014: amidst the penguins and albatross of southern New Zealand, resides a vibrant literary environment that celebrates indigenous Ma¯ori culture, alongside the influence primarily of Scottish immigrants.
The city celebrates its wonderful writers of fiction and non-fiction, poets, oral storytellers, playwrights, screenwriters, and the prize-winning children’s authors and illustrators capture the imaginations of readers everywhere.
This project highlights the vibrant mosaic of children’s literature talent spread throughout Dunedin city. It will identify the depth of illustrative talent and partnerships between writers and illustrators; the range of creative material for young people being produced in the city; education partnerships, significantly the special ties with the internationally ranked University of Otago. It will also highlight a prestigious fellowship, the children’s writer’s residency that is unique in New Zealand and based in Dunedin.
The stand will also represent a legacy of ongoing business partnerships seeded in Bologna across all media for the benefit of children’s writers, illustrators, publishers,production editors, and – the most important partnership of all – our young readers.
Come and meet Dunedin in Hall 26 – Stand B/76 bis from april 3rd to april 6th.
Illustrator David Elliot, Literary Agent Frances Plumpton, Designer Casey Thomas, and City of Literature Director Nicky Page admire the Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature signage bound for Bologna Children’s Book Fair, where Dunedin is the guest of Bologna UNESCO City of Music.
Photograph: Victor Billot
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