Enghien-les-Bains (France) was elected as the organizing city for the 11th Annual Meeting of UNESCO’s Network of Creative Cities, which will take place from June 30 to July 2, 2017 with the participation of 116 cities around the world. The Network of Creative Cities of UNESCO (RVCU), created in 2004, aims to make creativity an essential engine of renewal and sustainable urban development.
As an initiator of inter-city collaborations and projects, it acts as a laboratory of action and innovation that enables creative cities to take full advantage of their creative assets and build on this basis sustainable, inclusive and equitable development economic, cultural, environmental and social plans. How does digital impact the development of cities by 2030? How do we reach a sustainable, solidary and resilient city thanks to digital technology? So many questions that the participants will ask themselves in Enghien-les-Bains.
In parallel with the annual meeting, with a meeting of mayors, plenary sessions and thematic meetings, reserved for the members of the Network, Enghien proposes an international artistic and cultural program intended for the general public and free access which will present a showcase of the activity of the 116 creative cities in the 7 creative areas covered by the Network: crafts and folk arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature, music and digital arts. At 5 pm on Friday, June 30th, after Valérie Cordy ‘Aseroïde”s solo online performance on the theme of creative cities, mayors and their delegates from the Creative Cities of the digital arts cluster will gather around questions inherent to digital on a territory as a factor in sustainable development.
Philippe Franck, director of Transcultures, was invited to conduct a seminar that will review several issues in these new forms of contextual art, enabling us to understand how technologies and creators / dialogues interact concretely with these interactive devices, generative, participative, connected … constantly changing in the urban space.
Ville d’Enghien-Les-Bains, Centre des Arts, Unesco