Seoul Searching… #UNESCO Creative Cities Conference in Korea

13 Nov


I am heading to Seoul with City of York Council’s CEO, Kersten England, to attend this conference to talk and make a presentation about our bid to make York a UNESCO City of Media Arts.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network Conference on “Sustainable Development Based on Creativity”, hosted by the City of Seoul, will take place on 16-17 November 2011.

Attended by UNESCO officials, creative city Mayors, urban planners, economists and key creative industry players, the conference programme is highlighted by a Mayors’ Roundtable meeting, keynote speeches, workshops, public discussions and a showcase exhibition.

The Conference will tackle the fundamental issues that are faced by cities nowadays with regard to sustainable socio-economic and cultural development. The Mayors’ Roundtable Meeting especially gathers, for the first time, city leaders and decision makers in order to reflect and take actions on the importance of creative solutions for sustainable urban environment.

Right after the Conference, the Network’s Annual Meeting will be held on the 18th of November inviting all 28 members of the Network to discuss future developments of the Network.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to present the opportunities that that York has to offer in this field, and we have print designed by The Beautiful Meme, with the logo by LazenbyBrown and the promo movie by Parashoots. We will be looking at work created by Revolution Software, KMA, BrightWhite amongst many others. 

There are more than 250 media arts companies in the city and this number is rising, they employ more than 8,000 people and this is delivering a creative and vital hub with International global reach.

With our two Universities fully supporting this and the City Council leading the way with their vision we are delighted to be part of Science City York and their new Innovation agenda.

The visit to Korea is being financed by private business who will no doubt benefit from the Creative Network should York’s bid be successful. York will be aiming to gain UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts status to sit alongside Edinburgh, Glasgow and Bradford which are UNESCO Cities of literature, music and film respectively.

I will keep you updated on this blog as well as on twitter @marcusromer and let you know how the trip progresses.

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