The Seoul Metropolitan Government will hold the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Conference Seoul 2011 from November 16 to 17 at the COEX Intercontinental Hotel, where participants will discuss cooperation between cities and global development.
Mayors of the 25 cities from 18 countries that have already been designated as Creative Cities by UNESCO will gather together for the first time in Seoul, along with the mayors of the 15 candidate cities in 11 countries that are currently seeking to become UNESCO Creative Cities.
To date, 29 cities in 19 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities. Among Korean cities, Seoul was designated as a Creative City in the design category, and Icheon City in Gyeonggi Province was named a Creative City in the arts and crafts sector, in July 2010. Many other Korean cities are also seeking to join the league of Creative Cities.
The conference, which is being held under the theme of “Sustainable Urban Development Based on Creativity,” will be attended by professionals from Korea and overseas, along with numerous students majoring in the related fields.
The first day’s sessions will take place from 9 am to 3 pm on November 16, while the second day’s sessions will take place from 9 am to 6 pm on November 17. Any citizens who are interested in the conference can take part in the sessions free of charge by registering early at the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Conference Seoul website (http://www.unescoseoul.org/eng/conference/overview.jsp).
In addition to the conference, an exhibition titled Showcase for UNESCO Creative Cities will be held at the Event Hall and Design Gallery in the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park for 24 days between November 16 and December 9, to introduce the unique cultures of the 29 Creative Cities to Seoul.
Organized under the concept of “Backpacking in the World’s 29 Creative Cities,” the exhibition is designed to enable visitors to experience the diverse cultures of the UNESCO Creative Cities in a free environment, as if they were participating in a backpack tour. As such, the event will be especially useful to children.
Admission is free. The exhibition will be open from 10 am to 9 pm every day including Public Holidays.