Provisional Agenda of the Annual Meeting

  • Thu 07.06
  • Fri 08.06
  • Sat 09.06
  • Sun 10.06
  • Mon 11.06
  • Tue 12.06
  • Wed 13.06
  • Thu 14.06
  • Fri 15.06
  • Sat 16.06



  • Miłosz Festival – optional

  • Days of Bread – optional



  • Miłosz Festival – optional

  • Days of Bread – optional



  • Miłosz Festival – optional

  • Days of Bread – optional



  • Miłosz Festival – optional

  • Days of Bread – optional



  • 10:00 – 12:30

    Welcoming in the Network member cities designated in 2017: integration session

    An integration session will be organized by the UCCN Secretariat for new member cities designated in 2017, to support their smooth integration in the Network. This session will be the opportunity to discuss UCCN key strategic priorities and working mechanisms and to meet through informal exchanges.


    • focal points of the 64 member cities designated in 2017
    • members of the UCCN Secretariat
    • coordinators of the 7 subnetworks

    Key points:

    • Overview of the UCCN global strategic objectives, priorities and working mechanisms
    • Presentation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda
    • Roundtable discussion and ice-breaking exchanges between new member cities
  • 13:30 – 17:30

    Informal Creative Fields Workshops

    Interdisciplinary Mixer with local creatives

    Schedule and detailed programme to be confirmed by subnetwork coordinators and Host Cities

    • Literature
    • Music
    • Craft and Folk Arts
    • Gastronomy
    • Design
    • Media Arts
    • Film



  • 9:00 – 10:30

    Opening Ceremony

    Welcome concert

    Joint welcome address by the Host Cities

    • M. Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of Krakow
    • M. Marcin Krupa, Mayor of Katowice

    Poetic Reflections on Krakow and Katowice

    • Adam Zagajewski

    Opening remarks

    • Ernesto Ottone, Ramirez, Assistant Director General for Culture
    • Ms Maria-Francesca Merloni, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Creative Cities

    Keynote speech

    LOCATION: Museum of Municipal Engineering, Main Hall

  • 11:00 – 13:00

    Opening the path towards creative sustainable cities: UCCN’s core commitment towards 2030

    Through its founding principle – placing creativity at the core of urban development through local action and international cooperation – UCCN is supporting a new vision for a sustainable urban future, where cities are made for and by their citizens, pooling together their creative resources. This vision is echoed in the international policy framework: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda engage policy-makers and communities around the world in building more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities. Within this framework, culture has been recognized as a driver for sustainable development.

    The UCCN has clearly endorsed this commitment within its 2017 Strategic Framework. UNESCO is engaged into advocacy, data collection and transversal reflection on culture’s multifaceted contribution to making better cities. Meanwhile, member cities are piloting innovative experiences to substantialize Sustainable Development Goals in their own policies and field action. How is the Network moving forward towards 2030? What is the ongoing discussion? What are the key achievements and ways forward?

    After an introduction by UNESCO, three panel discussions will be organized on three key thematic approaches to the 2030 Agenda, reflecting ways in which UCCN can contribute to the global discussion on urban sustainability.

    Up-lifting culture and creativity in the urban agenda: achievements and ways forward        

    • Introductory presentation, Jyoti Hosagrahar, Director of the Division for Creativity, UNESCO

    Panel #1_Creativity for People & Placemaking:

    Engaging citizens to build cities for all

    • Panel discussion with 3 member cities and 1 facilitator

    Panel #2_Creativity for Prosperity

    Stimulating sustainable growth and entrepreneurship

    • Panel discussion with 3 member cities and 1 facilitator

    Panel #3_Creativity for the Planet:

    Fostering resilience and environmental awareness

    • Panel discussion with 3 member cities and 1 facilitator

    Wrap up and conclusion

    LOCATION: Museum of Municipal Engineering, Main Hall

  • 15:00 – 16:30

    Mayors’ Forum Preparation Meeting (internal meeting open only to Mayors)

    LOCATION: Museum of Municipal Engineering, Main Hall

  • 15:00 – 18:00


    Creative Fields Workshops #1

    Seven parallel break-out sessions by creative field, facilitated by coordinators of each field.

    Key points:

    • Introduction and integration of the 2017 designated cities
    • Activities and projects implemented at the local and international level to implement the UCCN Mission Statement
    • Achievements and prospects towards operationalizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    • Preparation of workshop’s conclusions


    Crafts & Folk Art – Teatr Nowy, Krakowska 41, 31-066 Kraków

    Design – MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Lipowa 4, 30-702 Kraków (transfer by bus)

    Film – MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Lipowa 4, 30-702 Kraków (transfer by bus)

    Gastronomy – Plac Nowy 1

    Literature – Meeting Hall #1, Museum of Municipal Engineering

    Media Arts – Library, Museum of Municipal Engineering

    Music – Meeting Room, Galicia Museum, Dajwór 18, 31-052 Kraków



  • 9:00 – 11:30

    Mayors’ Forum (internal meeting open only to Mayors)

    LOCATION: Museum of Municipal Engineering, Main Hall

  • 9:00 – 12:00

    Creative Fields Workshops #2

    • Seven parallel break-out sessions by creative field, facilitated by coordinators of each field

    Key points:

    • Future subnetwork activities and initiatives
    • Dates and host city of the next sub-network meeting
    • Renewal of subnetwork coordinator & deputy coordinator


    Crafts & Folk Art – Teatr Nowy, Krakowska 41, 31-066 Kraków

    Design – MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Lipowa 4, 30-702 Kraków (transfer by bus)

    Film – MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Lipowa 4, 30-702 Kraków (transfer by bus)

    Gastronomy – Plac Nowy 1

    Literature – Meeting Hall #1, Museum of Municipal Engineering

    Media Arts – Library, Museum of Municipal Engineering

    Music – Meeting Room, Galicia Museum, Dajwór 18, 31-052 Kraków

  • 13:30 – 16:30

    Mayors’ Forum
    Urban Leadership through Creativity

    UCCN acts as a laboratory where member cities develop creative solutions to the world’s most pressing development issues. The 2030 Agenda offers a framework to guide decision making and strategic planning at the city level and streamline local, national and international efforts towards a common mission. The Mayors’ Forum opens a platform for Mayors to showcase their cities’ vision and share with other delegates through interactive exchanges.

    6 to 8 Mayors on stage, in 3 to 4 groups, successively invited to the podium

    Key points for each group:

    • Mayors’ visions towards 2030, reflected in a milestone initiative and supported by a key message (2 minute statement for each Mayor)
    • Q&A with the audience to contribute ideas and build a common vision of UCCN’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda (15-20 minutes per group).

    LOCATION: Museum of Municipal Engineering, Main Hall

  • 17:00 – 18:30

    Urban Talks: The Creative City We Want

    Through the New Urban Agenda, adopted in 2016, the international community sent a clear message: the prevailing urban development models used for decades around the world need to be thoroughly reformed. The sectoral or functionalist planning approaches favored in the second half of the twentieth century contributed to urban sprawl, depletion of natural resources and increased spatial and social segregation. Yet in addition to planning practices, urban governance must also evolve in order to involve citizens more closely in public decision-making. In a context of rapid urban growth, policymakers, professionals and civil society have been called upon to reinvent urban development paradigms in order to build more sustainable, resilient and inclusive cities and to make governance more participatory.

    In this context, the founding principle of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network – placing creativity at the heart of urban development – has become increasingly relevant. How can this approach contribute new ideas to urban policymaking? How can it inform our responses to the massive social and economic changes of our time, from changes to the way we work to the emergence of artificial intelligence? How can it help us transition to a greener economy? How can the creative sector respond to the concerns and needs of youth? Are there any downsides to this approach? Beyond urban marketing, how can we build and cement a truly participatory and inclusive approach to the creative city we want?

    To shed light on these issues, this year’s Annual Meeting will host an open discussion involving three guests, a city thinker, a creative practitioner and a youth representative. These participants will have the chance to share their views and experiences of the city, providing a fresh perspective that will contribute greatly to the Network’s ongoing efforts to make cities more sustainable.

    LOCATION: Museum of Municipal Engineering, Main Hall

  • Town Hall (plac Wszystkich Świętych 2, 31-004 Kraków

    Dinner and cultural evening



  • 9:00 – 12:00

    Creative Cities as incubators for innovation: transversal thematic workshops

    Creative Cities are called upon innovating public policies and mobilizing widely creative sectors to address major issues of the urban development agenda, for the wellbeing and with the participation of their local communities. Across the different creative fields, new ideas and approaches are moulded.

    The purpose of these five parallel workshops is to build on cities’ ideas and creative power to explore emerging issues that are currently arising on the urban discussion scene. For each workshop, following a short conceptual introduction, 2 or 3 case studies relevant to the topic will be presented by member cities. Building notably on design thinking methodology, a discussion will then be organized in small groups to capture key ideas and proposals and explore further local experiments. A background document will be provided, including the concept rationale and the summary of the case studies.

    Workshop #1_Culture for better policies: measuring and monitoring culture

    LOCATION: Meeting Room, Galicia Museum, Dajwór 18, 31-052 Kraków

    • How can the multifaceted contribution of culture be captured across the different policy areas?
    • How can we build on existing data sources to better understand the role and impact of culture
    • How can we build local capacity to produce and update specific data sets on culture’s contribution?
    • How can measurement and monitoring be incorporated in policy-making, towards more data-driven self-improving processes?
    • What non statistical evidence can cities gather?

    Workshop #2_Digital frontline: embrace the future

    LOCATION: Meeting Hall #1, Museum of Municipal Engineering

    • How can media arts open new paths for knowledge building and education?
    • How is the digital era reshaping the way we work and produce, particularly in the creative sector?
    • How can media arts regenerate urban spaces and encourage new forms of interaction between citizens?
    • How can local authorities incorporate the potential of media arts in their policies and strategies?
    • How can digital help to build forms of social cohesion and cultural exchange?

    Workshop #3_Creative mobilities for people-centered cities

    LOCATION:  Plac Nowy 1

    • How can transportation routes and equipment be leveraged to expand access to culture?
    • How can culture and creativity enhance use of public transportation,
    • How can culture and creativity improve the daily transportation experience and foster social interactions and inclusion?
    • How can a long-term strategy be established, integrating both culture and mobility into a sustainable vision of the city?
    • How can public and private stakeholders be mobilized in efficient and sustainable ways to operationalize this strategy?

    Workshop #4_Housing and public spaces for all: creative visions

    LOCATION: Library, Museum of Municipal Engineering

    • How is creativity helping to create inclusive, quality public spaces, reflecting cultural diversity?
    • How can creativity help revitalize marginalized urban areas, including informal settlements?
    • How can cultural diversity be reflected and recognized in the way we shape housing and public spaces?

    Workshop #5_Creativity for the youth: stimulating entrepreneurship and civic engagement

    LOCATION: Teatr Nowy, Krakowska 41, 31-066 Kraków

    • How can the creative sector offer new opportunities for the youth, particularly in the Global South?
    • How can entrepreneurship be supported and stimulated in creative ways?
    • How can the creative economy stimulate new forms of civic engagement for the youth?
    • How can creativity help foster integration of the youth, notably for access to housing or jobs?
  • 13:30 – 15:30

    UCCN in motion: showcasing progress and sharing inspiring ideas

    Moderation: UNESCO representative

    • Presentation of the Secretariat Report
    • General report on the third round of the Membership Monitoring Reports: highlights and recommendations for the future presented by the Secretariat
    • Sharing my city’s story: “The little thing that makes big difference”
    • Inspiring ideas from the Membership Monitoring Reports presented by member cities

    LOCATION: Museum of Municipal Engineering (św. Wawrzyńca 15, 31-060 Kraków)

  • 15:30 – 16:30

    Pack-up and Transfer to Katowice (provided by the Host Cities)

  • 18:30 – 23:00

    Dinner and Cultural Evening in Katowice

    Elektrokilar Concert in the NOSPR (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra) Concert Hall



  • 9:00 – 9:30

    Introduction to Katowice City of Gardens. Explanation of program and presentation of Mix the City Project.

  • 9:30 – 11:00

    The theme of the 2018 Annual Meeting “Creative Crossroads” was selected to celebrate the spark that happens when people interact, intersect, influence one another, as well as those who actively pursue communication, relationship-building and cooperation as a means of making creativity possible.

    On Friday, 15 June, we will dedicate the day to creative exchange and project development. We encourage all cities to participate in this unique opportunity to engage with one another, build project partnerships, and showcase exciting, interdisciplinary, and global projects that aim to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.


    How to stimulate new ideas and approaches to implement the Sustainable Development Goals? A group of young creative thinkers from Katowice will take up the challenge, and facilitate the sessions aimed to encourage member cities to address collectively the SDGs through innovative methodologies such as the lotus flower and the honeycomb, bringing together member cities across the different creative fields.

    The workshop uses project simulation methods to reflect on the social, economic and technological aspects of the goals contained in the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

    During the 90 minute workshop, participants will be divided into interdisciplinary groups on the subjects of ① People, ② Peace, ③ Prosperity. Each group will identify subtopics to address various Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030:

    →→ Group 1 (People) will work on the issues of world hunger (Goal 2), poverty (Goal 1), and access to water (Goal 6).

    Location: MediaLab

    →→ Group 2 (Peace) will be tasked with addressing safety in cities (Goal 11), peaceful and inclusive societies (Goal 16) and gender equality (Goal 5).

    Location: Strefa Centralna Cafe

    →→ Group 3 (Prosperity) will develop potential solutions to address sustainable consumption and production patterns (Goal 11), innovation support (Goal 9) and access to education (Goal 4).

    Location: Room 411, 4th floor

    The theme of the 2018 Annual Meeting “Creative Crossroads” was selected to celebrate. Each subgroup will work on the basis of the following techniques: lotus flower and honeycomb, and they will come up with 8 ideas to tackle their respective issues.

    One of these ideas will be developed in detail. Potential outputs may include the following:

    → action strategies,

    → social campaigns,

    → new guidelines,

    → platforms for exchange of experiences or products.

    One additional advantage of collaborative group work will be the establishment of partnerships between creative cities (Goal 17).


    The inspiration for this workshop is Vegetable Orchestra from Vienna. The participants will invent and build instruments themselves and in the evening they will play a concert. The instruments are disposable, tasty and healthy! We will learn how to make carrot whistles and flutes, eggplant brushes whose sound evokes the heartbeat and rattles from onion shells. The workshop combines gastronomy and music disciplines.

    Location: Muzykodrom space


    Listening is a process that is continuously taking place. Based on this assumption, Raymond Murray Schafer has prepared an exercise program to help “clean the ears”.

    The basic form is a walk. It allows you to start an “adventure” with sound, reflect on the issue of sound, its quality and impact on us. A sound walk should precede the skillful design of soundtrack paths. Taking walks in different places and at different times of the day and in different weather conditions will allow you to diversify the sound landscapes. Sound walks begin with listening to the sounds of one’s own body while moving, which establishes the first dialogue between the walker and the environment.

    After completing the walk, it is necessary to assess perceived sound landscapes, including the distinction between pleasant and unpleasant sounds, “absent” sounds and artificial sounds, modifying the natural sound landscape. This workshop combines new media and music disciplines.


    An energetic, full of humor but also very musical concert, whose repertoire consists of original and well-known songs, and surprising arrangements.

    Cheerful interaction with the audience, stage effects tailored to small instruments. More at: This workshop combines design and music disciplines.

  • 11:00 – 11:30

    Coffee Break:

    mini-concert by Szklane Oczy

  • 11:30 – 13:00


    In association and cooperation with the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, SDAY is organized and managed by Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association. It is the first project within UCCN that aims to reward young and talented designers for their contribution to the development of cities around the world.

    The purpose of the Award is to celebrate the efforts of young designers, who, through their creativity, have contributed to the enhancement of environmental sustainability, social and economic development and, above all, the quality of life in cities.

    From ‘Recovery: the Power of Design’ to ‘Transformation: the Mission of Design’, every SDAY shows young designers’ infinite possibilities to the world. The theme of SDAY 2017 is ‘Craftsmanship: The Spirit of Design’. 260 entrants, including professionals and students from 21 creative cities in the network, have reached the final judging process, which lasted two days, with nearly 600 pieces of work. 21 entrants and 3 nominators were chosen as winners.

    Shenzhen Design Awards for Young Talents 2017 Exhibition will be showcasing nearly 100 excellent works of 68 finalists from Shenzhen, Beijing, Macao, St. Etienne (France), Detroit (U.S.), Puebla (Mexico), Dundee (Scotland). Hopefully, the exhibition will provide a platform for UCCN to have a deep conversation and share new ideas, latest information, and novel design.

    Location: (City of Gardens Gallery and Gallery #5)


    Creative City Portals is a playful exploration of the cultural heritage of the Creative Cities Network. The installation embeds archive and contemporary footage from across the Network into objects that reflect UNESCO’s creative themes, showing cultural differences and universal features. The installation is made by Compass Presents, a Bristol based company that creates immersive environments, enhanced screenings, and interactive encounters.

    Location: ground floor, Future Artists wall


    Sleipnir, the eight legged horse of Odin from Norse Mythology, will be at the UCCN Annual Meeting in the company of the Reykjavik and Melbourne Cities of Literature. He loves to read and to spread the joy of books and literature all over the world. During the 2018 UCCN Annual Meeting, delegates will be able to meet him at the Katowice City of Gardens Culture Institution on Friday, shake his hoove and take the flight with him into the realm of the imagination, travel and the word by writing a special postcard in his name.

    Location: InfoPoint


    Poxil yu’un Balumil is a multidisciplinary and multisensory show that transports us to the ethnic cultures of Mexico and the world through a special fashion show, the presentation of “The Great Catalogue of Crafts” an artisan exhibition, a video mapping show and an electronic music concert.

    Location: Pusta Gallery, 3rd floor

    Research: History of Food Culture Based relations on the Silk Road

    This exciting project brings together 9 Cities of Gastronomy, located on the Silk Road: Chengdu (China), Gaziantep and Hatay (Turkey), Jeonju (Korea), Macao Special Administrative Region (China), Östersund (Sweden), Rasht (Iran), Shunde (China) and Tsuruoka (Japan). The Silk Road was a network of trade routes, formally established during the Han Dynasty of China, which linked the region of the ancient world in commerce. Trade along the Silk Road included leather and hides, tools, religious objects, artwork, precious stones and metal, fruits and vegetables, livestock, grain and spices.

    Location: ground floor, Future Artists wall


    A sound installation, created in collaboration with the National Institute of Astrophysics of Bologna (Italy): the Astronomic Research Centre, which can broadcast live the “sounds of shooting stars.”

    This constant live-stream of sound and accompanying media makes it possible to listen to the cosmos and express your deepest wish. And during the exhibition, we will be collecting your wishes on the stars. Use @mydeepwishis on Facebook or #mydeepwishis on Instagram and Twitter!

    Antonello Ghezzi is a collective duo of artists based in Bologna (Italy), working with both scientists and businesses. Their main goal is to bring art to daily life through installations that combine technology, reality and poetry.

    Location: Biuro Dzwięku [Sound Office]

  • 13:30 – 15:00

    Interdisciplinary Sessions #2

    Capacity-building and Networking Activities 

    How much do you know about your peer? How much do your peer know about you? Two parallel sessions will be designed to foster capacity-building and networking through a speed dating and a project market place. The speed dating session will invite a series of member cities to present a flagship initiative to nine of their peers around a table. After a five-minute presentation, peers will have the opportunity to ask all questions they may have about the initiative during a limited time. For more spontaneous interventions, the project market place is the place to be. A stage will be at the disposal of all delegates to take the floor and display in 3 minutes one creative initiative that makes their city proud. A background document will be provided for each session (including the concept rationale and format). Delegates are highly encouraged to participate in one session.

  • 15:00 – 16:30

    Creative Fields Reports

    Conclusions of the 7 creative fields workshops will be restituted by each creative field’s coordinator in plenary.

  • 17:00 – 18:00

    UCCN Annual Meeting in the future

    • Presentation of the 2019 UCCN Annual Meeting by Fabriano and Q&A
    • Presentation of the candidates for the 2020 UCCN Annual Meeting Host City and Q&A

    Conclusions of the 2018 XIIth UCCN Annual Meeting

  • 18:00 – 20:00

    Closing Ceremony 

    • Speeches by the Mayors of Krakow and Katowice
    • Closing remarks: UNESCO representative
  • 20:00 – 24:00

    Dinner and cultural evening (Gardens of Sounds Festival)