Do you have what it takes to become a UNESCO City of Literature?
The following list of criteria and characteristics serves as a guide for cities interested in joining the network as a City of Literature:
- Quality, quantity and diversity of editorial initiatives and publishing houses;
- Quality and quantity of educational programmes focusing on domestic or foreign literature in primary and secondary schools as well as universities;
- Urban environment in which literature, drama and/or poetry play an integral role;
- Experience in hosting literary events and festivals aiming at promoting domestic and foreign literature;
- Libraries, bookstores and public or private cultural centres dedicated to the preservation, promotion and dissemination of domestic and foreign literature;
- Active effort by the publishing sector to translate literary works from diverse national languages and foreign literature;
- Active involvement of media, including new media, in promoting literature and strengthening the market for literary products.
Literature cities collaboration:
UNESCO related programmes:
- PEN International (PEN)
- International Publisher’s Association(IPA)
- International Booksellers Federation(IBF)
- International Federation of Library Associations(IFLA)