It’s the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, set up in 1945 to ‘Build peace in the minds of men and women’. It encourages people to work together not just economically or politically, but on scientific, creative and cultural levels. These it sees are the ‘basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity’.
It’s one that can demonstrate:
UNESCO hasn’t dropped a huge cheque into our lap. It’s what we do with the title that makes the difference. It recognises Nottingham as a city that swells with talent. It brings us investment, tourism, students to the universities and lots more. It’s tells the world what we already know, but those not from Nottingham may not: we are creatively excellent.
Being a City of Literature is a permanent designation, like a World Heritage site… we’re like the Pyramids and the Giant’s Causeway, and sharing the accolade with all these great cities:
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