For the first time the global network of UNESCO Cities of Literature will hold their annual summit in England. Cultural leaders from 27 cities - from Baghdad and Barcelona to Melbourne and Milan – will arrive in Norwich on Monday 20 May. The delegates will visit cultural institutions across the city and discuss future joint projects. Norwich was England’s first UNESCO City of Literature and is home to the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall. It is estimated that the UK’s Creative Cities generate upwards of £2.4 million a year.

Chris Gribble, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Writing and Norwich UNESCO City of Literature says:

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase Norwich’s outstanding cultural offer. We hope this forum will inspire many more exciting projects and international exchanges. This global gathering cements Norwich’s status as a world leader in creative writing and literary excellence.”

Press & photo opportunities -

Monday 20 May, 4.30pm - Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library. Delegates from the 28 UNESCO Cities of literature will present the library with a collection of children’s picture books from all over the world. (Group photo opportunity and interviews with international guests)

Monday 20 May, 5.45pm - All delegates assemble on the steps of City Hall, Norwich for a photoshoot.

Monday 20 May & Tuesday 21 May, from dusk - the walls of Norwich castle will light up to welcome the world to Norwich. The animation has been designed by Evie Clark, Communications Design student from Norwich University of the Arts.

Tuesday 21 May 6 - 7pm Dragon Hall - official welcome to the international delegates at the National Centre for Writing (opportunity for live broadcast). Interview opportunities with Chris Gribble, CEO, National Centre for Writing, Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England,  international visitors and Norwich-based writers. Earlier in the day delegates will visit the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA and in the evening they will head to Norwich Playhouse for a special event with the internationally-acclaimed writer Ali Smith.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England says:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase England’s amazing literary prowess on the international stage.  We’re very pleased to have Norwich and Nottingham jointly hosting this gathering, putting them at the forefront of global literary activity.”

Laura McGillivray, Chief Executive of Norwich City Council says:

“This is a hugely exciting gathering. As a cultural city, Norwich is delighted to celebrate its literary activity and showcase the work of the city alongside all the other UNESCO cities.”

The Norwich summit is part of a two-stage gathering in partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. The UNESCO Cities of Literature network boasts a combined total of 1,250 libraries, 130 literature festivals and over 1,200 bookshops.


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