From 10 to 15 June 2019 representatives and delegates from 180 cities around the world will meet in Fabriano for the Annual Meeting, to take stock and discuss UNESCO’s mission, objectives and future strategies, with the aim of consolidating the network and start new cooperation projects. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 with the aim of uniting a number of cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for their economic development. The Network covers seven creative fields, called clusters: Film, Music, Literature, Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Media Arts and Gastronomy.
In this perspective of comparison, sharing and collaboration, in 2018 the ITKI-US Foundation (International Traditional Knowledge Institute – United States Division), whose mission is to preserve the traditional and sustainable techniques used by ancient cultures, proposes, together with Krakow and Tucson Creative Cities, the new “Breads of the Creative Cities” project.
The aim of the project is to preserve, disseminate and tell about the different traditions of poor dishes, meant as dishes created with accessible ingredients, such as wheat and water.
Breads of the Creative Cities produced a photobook with traditional bread recipes, presented at the meeting of the Creative Cities in Krakow and now, thanks to an interactive platform, allows all Creative Cities to describe their own distinguishing feature of creativity and to tell the tradition of their poor dish. The platform was created by ITKIUS foundation with the collaboration of Tech Gap Italia and Creative Knowledge Platform (CPK).
The platform tells the stories about how the most representative breads of the creative cities were born, which was the role that farmers, millers, bakers and artisan cooks have played and still play.
The Breads project also led to the creation of a smartphone app, TRusT, which contains experiential itineraries and old recipes, as well as providing guidance on production processes, the techniques used and much more. The APP provides support to the communities of artisans and farmers, and also allows them to exploit their traditional knowledge to propose sustainable development, in line with the goals of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.
A book on special Fabriano paper will also be printed soon.
The city of Bologna contributed to the project with the Pane Fibra recipe (attached).
The final results of the Breads of the Creative Cities project will be presented during the XIII Annual Meeting of Creative Cities in Fabriano.
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