Date : May 25th (Mon) – 28th (Thu), 2015
Venue : ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

Participants :

A minimum of one and a maximum of three delegates from each UNESCO Creative City are expected to attend the annual meeting. Candidate cities are not permitted to participate in the meeting.

Structure and main contents :

i. UNESCO Creative Cities Network Annual Meeting :

The delegates of the UNESCO Creative Cities will address the following themes in the annual meeting:

Introducing the 28 new members to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) designated in 2014

Report on the major activities undertaken by cities and creative fields to foster the realization of the UCCN’s goals

Criteria and selection process for the designation of the host cities of future UCCN meetings

Criteria and evaluation process of the designated UNESCO Creative Cities (Periodic review)

UNESCO’s Global Report on Culture and Sustainable Urban Development

The celebration of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO

Definition of the priority areas of work for the Steering Group and future developments of the Network

ii. Mayors’ Round-Table :

Ten years have passed since the creation of the UCCN, which has recently welcomed 28 new members, thus reaching 69 cities from 32 different countries.
The 9th UCCN Annual Meeting will provide an excellent opportunity to reflect on the prospects of the Network for the coming 10 years. To this end, the mayors of the city members will be invited to share their views on the impact of the designation in order to foster the role of creativity as an enabler and driver of urban sustainable development and their vision for reinvigorating the Network in the future.
The mayors of UCCN cities attending the annual meeting will participate as panelists to the round table. Other delegates are also invited and encouraged to attend as observers.

iii. Steering Group working sessions :

Two working sessions are foreseen with the coordinators of the seven creative fields covered by the UCCN, the representative of the host city of the 9th UCCN Annual Meeting and UNESCO staff.

Schedule(Draft 15 May, 2015):

25th, May (Monday)
9:00-22:30 - Delegate registration and distribution of meeting materials
- Registration desk: ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa
16:00-19:00 Steering Group Working Session
26th, May (Tuesday)
9:00-10:00 Opening ceremony
Welcome: Mr. Yukiyoshi Yamano, Mayor of Kanazawa

Context and objectives of the meeting: Ms. Lynne Patchett, UNESCO

Opening remarks:
・Mr. Motoyuki Fujii, State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
・Mr. Hiroshi Hase, Member of Parliament

Keynote speech
・Dr. Masayuki Sasaki, Professor of Urban & Cultural Economics, Doshisha University
10:00-10:15 Coffee break
10:15-12:30 General meeting
・Main activities undertaken by the UCCN Secretariat
・Reinforcing the UCCN and achieving its objectives and goals at the local and international levels
・UNESCO’s Global Report on Culture and Sustainable Urban Development
・Flagship proposals to celebrate the 70th anniversary of UNESCO

Moderation: Mr. Dominique Roland (Enghien-les-Bains, Creative City of Media Arts)
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-16:45 Creative Fields Workshops: Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, Music
・Introducing the new UCCN members
・Reviewing major activities undertaken over the past year
・Brainstorming on future activities: How to foster the implementation of the UCCN objectives and launch partnerships both at the level of the creative fields and network-wide?
・Guidelines and orientations for future action and activities

The coordinator of each creative field will moderate their respective workshops
17:00-19:00 Mayors’ Round Table
・Impact of the UNESCO Creative City designation at the local level
・Vision and prospects of the UCCN for the next 10 years

Moderation: Ms. Lynne Patchett, UNESCO
19:30-21:30 Welcoming Reception at the Kanazawa Castle
Venue: Kanazawa Castle Park – tent at Ni-no-Maru Square
27th, May (Wednesday)
8:00-9:00 Steering Group Working Session
・Defining the Steering Group’s priorities for the year to come
9:00-10:30 General meeting
・Feedback from the creative fields workshops: achievements and proposals for future action
・General debate

Moderation: Mr. David Wilson (Bradford, Creative City of Film)
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-12:30 General meeting
・Criteria and selection process for the designation of host cities of the annual meeting, Mr. Ting Xu (Shenzhen, Creative City of Design)
・Membership Monitoring Criteria, Ms. Justyna Jochym (Krakow, Creative City of Literature)
・Priority areas for the Steering Group’s future work, Ms. Francesca Martinese (Bologna, Creative City of Music)

Moderation: Mr. Jiao Hui (Chengdu, Creative City of Gastronomy)
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 General meeting
・UCCN 2016 Meeting: Presentation by the representative of Östersund
・Declarations of intention to host the 2017 Annual Meeting
・Conclusions of the 2015 UCCN Annual Meeting

Moderation: Mr. Peter Yves (Santa Fe, Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts)

Closing ceremony
・Mr. Matsutaro Fukumitsu, Chair, Kanazawa Creative City Steering Committee
・Ms. Lynne Patchett, UNESCO
16:00-19:00 Cultural programme
Exhibition of “Kogei”, Japanese traditional art
- Archives with over 4000 items of crafts, tools, works of engineering and traditional techniques from around Japan.
Venue: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Noh performance
- Viewing of a Noh play from the Kaga-Hosho school. Noh is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Venue: Ishikawa Prefectural Noh Theater
19:30-21:30 Farewell dinner
28th, May (Thursday) – Optional Cultural Programme
  Departure of delegates
  Cultural programme organized by the city of Kanazawa
9:00-12:00 Cultural excursions in Kanazawa (two options)
1.The Craft Tour: a visit to ceramics, gold leaf and other crafts workshops
2.The History Tour: a visit to historical areas, buildings and gardens
14:00-17:45 UNU-IAS OUIK International Symposium
- Introducing the Ishikawa-Kanazawa Bio-cultural Region
Host: The Ishikawa-Kanazawa Operating Unit of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability(UNU-IAS OUIK)
Venue: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa – Theater 21