On Tuesday October 31st UNESCO will announce which cities will become part of the Creative Cities Network and thereby will receive the title UNESCO City of Literature. Earlier this year, the municipality of Utrecht has applied, on initiative of the House of Literature, to present Utrecht as a candidate for this title, which, if Utrecht receives the title, will be bound to the city forever. It’s still a surprise…

Twenty cities in the City of Literature network

Since 2004 twenty cities are named by UNESCO as City of Literature. Not only are these cities with a long and impressive history in literature, but also at the moment flourish with literature festivals, writers, book shops, libraries, education and publishers. The cities form a network which in annual meetings come up with new ways to reach readers, make insightful the literature experience in different parts of the world, shares experience and expertise and develops cooperations and exchanges.

Other candidates are…

Cities from all over the world can present themselves as a candidate City of Literature and often announce this publicly. Other cities who have presented themselves include: Durban (South-Africa), Bucheon (South-Korea), Nanjing (China) and Manchester (United Kingdom). UNESCO can decide to name more than one city as a City of Literature.