The 5 Italian UNESCO Creative Cities (Bologna, Fabriana, Parma, Rome and Turin), led by Bologna and their long experience of working within the UNESCO network, are coordinating to strengthen the role of Italian cities in the UNESCO network, encouraging development on both a national and international scale.
They are 5 cities that consider creativity and innovation key tools for cultural, social and economic development in the local area: Bologna for music; Fabriano for crafts and folk art; Parma for gastronomy; Rome for film and Turin for design.
Bologna will be represented at the signing of the declaration of intent, Saturday 29 October in Fabriano, by deputy Mayor Marilena Pillati.
The creation of this Italian collaboration is part of “Luogo Comune”, an event planned in Fabriano from the 28th to the 30th October, promoted by the Fondazione Aristide Merloni and the UNESCO Creative City to rethink the concept of the city, through philosophy, politics, literature, art and music.
The collaboration aims to strengthen the role of Italian cities within the UNESCO Creative Cities network; to become a platform of reflection and research in the area of new economies; to promote the integral connection between culture, economic development and tourism and to assert these reference points and creative hubs on a national level.
The next appointment is planned to be Bologna’s attendance at the 7th National Conference of Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The councillor Matteo Lepore will represent Bologna and the UNESCO Creative City Network at the conference, which will take place at Palazzo Barberini in Rome.
Among the planned discussion points is the development of innovative projects linking cultural heritage and creativity, as a way of encouraging the cooperation between Creative Cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the national territory.
The UNESCO Creative City Network (UCCN), of which Bologna has been a member since 2006, counts today 116 members from every continent. In 2004 UNESCO promoted this network with the aim of creating links between cities that consider cultural creativity as an essential element of their own identity. Through the 7 thematic clusters – music, design, film, folk art, gastronomy, literature and digital arts – the cities of the network can establish privileged relationships and share projects, enhancing their own abilities and promoting the presence of their own artists and cultural products on national and international markets.
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