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Adelaide gets creative with inaugural UNESCO conference this year

Adelaide will host the inaugural Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference this year.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is made up of 180 cities working together with the aim of placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans.

The Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference will take place alongside the OzAsia Festival which features a program of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature, film, food and cultural activities from across Asia over three weeks.

Adelaide UNESCO City of Music committee chair Graeme Koehne said the first Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference was an opportunity to outline a vision and strategy for regional cooperation and long-term partnership development.

“As a UNESO City of Music, Adelaide is committed to growing and sharing its vibrant musical culture, developing partnerships and prioritising international collaboration with the members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network,” Koehne said.

Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor said the conference would create pathways for artists to connect with other creative cities while delegates could collaborate in support of creative industries.

The first line-up of panellists and moderators include Asialink Arts director Dr Pippa Dickson, National Museum of Australia director Dr Mathew Trinca and South Australian Museum head of humanities and University of Adelaide professor of anthropology John Carty.

The Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference will be held from October 23-26.