Asia Pacific Creative Cities Conference


Registration for the Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference, (October 23-26, 2019) held in Adelaide, Australia is now open!

The event will take place in parallel to the world-class OzAsia Festival and will be the first-ever meeting of UNESCO Creative Cities of the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference will aim to strengthen the exchange of best practices, to deepen collaboration and highlight the cultural leadership of the region across the creative cities.

The Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference, organized by the Adelaide Festival Centre, operator of the Adelaide UNESCO City of Music Office, will feature high-level panel discussions and roundtables with government representatives, UNESCO National Commissions, leaders from the creative industry, international trade and tourism bodies, and creative thinkers and practitioners.

The Conference will present a unique opportunity to engage with the Asia-Pacific Creative Cities on strategic conversations around the development of the CCI market, trade and investment in the region; amplification of bilateral partnerships and opportunities; support for entrepreneurship and the movement of ideas, creators and innovation; promotion of the CCI as a source of sustainable solutions and resiliency in cities; and long-term tourism policies and marketing strategies for creative cities.

The event will also organize a Mayors Roundtable, a deliberate and focused discussion on the pathways that municipalities must work on creating and developing in order for cooperation in this region to be successful. Due to the strategic and high-profile nature of this regional Conference, the Adelaide UNESCO City of Music Office would encourage the participation of political representatives from the respective cities, including mayors or deputy mayors, as well as the UCCN focal points.

Moreover, in honour of the International Year of Indigenous Language, a United Nations observance in 2019, the Conference will address the ways in which indigenous arts, language, and culture in the Asia-Pacific region may be protected, promoted, and supported. This special event will also introduce the best of the Creative City of Adelaide through study tours and workshops. The Conference is also a platform to showcase the innovation and creativity of the Asia-Pacific region.

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