Bologna gives a warm welcome to the new designated City of Music. It is Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), the first African member that joined the Network. The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, designated four new cities, so the Creative Cities Network now comprises 38 cities. In addition to Brazzaville (Republic of Congo),the Network grows with the cities of Zahlé (Lebanon) for the Gastronoy, Kraków (Poland) for the Literature and Fabriano (Italy) for the Crafts and Folk Arts.
The entrance of Brazzaville, that takes place next to Bogotà, Bologna, Gent, Glasgow and Seville, in the field of Music, is a real gateway for the Africa continent, and that opens new opportunities to develop the international cooperation. In fact, the Network is in continuos expanding, additional cities are expected to be designated before the end of the year. A call for applications will be launched by the end of October, in view of 2014 nominations.
The Creative Cities applies to promote the mission of the Network, supporting the development and the fruition of cultural activities, encouraging creativity in all this forms of expression, and promoting the cultural and creative industries for the local development. Launched by UNESCO in 2004, the Creative Cities Network seeks to develop international cooperation among cities, throughthe exchange of experience, knowledge and resources, with the aim to promote the sustainable development of local creative industries and to and the cultural sector.
For further information: UNESCO Creative Cities
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