51 poets from 27 UNESCO Cities of Literature have come together to celebrate the collaborative spirit which lies at the core of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and to support linguistic diversity through poetic expressions from around the world. To mark the XII UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Meeting in Krakow and Katowice in June 2018, the cities have contributed to the project ‘Poetic Encounters’, initiated by Heidelberg UNESCO City of Literature and Fabriano UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art, to produce a specially bound and printed anthology celebrating literature and its vital place in world culture.
All texts were written or printed on handcrafted, folio-sized paper from Fabriano UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art. The paper was sent from Fabriano via Heidelberg to all UNESCO Cities of Literature worldwide and, after being filled with literary works, was sent all the way back to Fabriano where the unique book was bound.
Film: Tel Aviv UNESCO City of Media Arts.
Soundtrak: From the joint music project ‘Mix the City – Mannheim’.
Calligrapher: Maestro Amanuense Malleu.
Book binder: Giuseppe Baldinelli.
Idea and Concept:
Heidelberg UNESCO Creative City of Literature (Dr. Andrea Edel, Phillip Koban) & Fabriano UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art (Giorgio Pellegrini, Vittorio Salmoni, Carlo Pesaresi).
Overall Coordination: Heidelberg UNESCO Creative City of Literature (Phillip Koban).
Calligrapher in Heidelberg: Kornelia Roth.