On November 22, 2021, EC1 hosted a debate with the participation of 5 Polish UNESCO Creative Cities: Kraków, Katowice, Wrocław, Gdynia, Łódź and Bydgoszcz, aspiring to the title.

City of the Future. The City of Creation is the first official debate of cities in such a group, which we hope will initiate permanent and regular meetings and become the starting point for further cooperation promoting the influence of UNESCO's idea on the landscape of native culture.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network program was created to support the cooperation of cities that recognize creativity and the development of cultural industries as a strategic factor of sustainable development. Creative Cities are committed to: developing partnerships, promoting creativity, sharing best practices and enhancing citizens' participation in cultural life.

The discussion moderated by Katarzyna Janowska from Onet Kultura was attended by: Ireneusz Grin (Wroclaw), Łukasz Kaczyński (Łódź), Łukasz Kałębasiak (Katowice), Tamara Kamińska (Katowice), Robert Piaskowski (Krakow), Michał Piernikowski (Łódź), Rafał Syska (Łódź), Maja Wagner (Gdynia) and Remigiusz Zawadzki (Bydgoszcz). 

Representatives of Creative Cities discussed the role of cities in shaping the present and future, as well as the challenges posed by the present day to cultural life and such phenomena as "pandemic, climate crisis, radicalization of political life, technological changes in the area of ​​digital culture, chronic lack of time"- as pointed out by Rafał Syska, director of the National Center for Film Culture.

The media patron of the debate is Kalejdoskop Kultury.

The entire debate is available on our YouTube channel.