Two new UNESCO awards for Italy.
Modena and Como are among the 49 new Creative Cities designated by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 to promote international cooperation between cities that have identified creativity and cultural industry as a strategic factor for sustainable development. Currently, it counts 295 cities in 90 countries and it is divided into seven creative sectors: Music, Literature, Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Media Arts, Gastronomy, Film.
Modena is the first Italian Creative City that has been chosen to represent the Media Arts sector. The success of the candidacy is due to projects characterised by the close contamination between digital innovations and different artistic and cultural fields: figurative arts, music, theatre, dance. Through the creation of new cultural proposals, these projects promote an increasingly lively dialogue between creativity and humanistic and scientific knowledge.
Como has been designated UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art thanks to its experience in the textile sector, one of the most relevant expressions of the Made in Italy, which constitutes an immense heritage of experiences, technical and artistic skills handed down through generations and improved thanks to a strong innovation spirit. The city pays a special attention to the themes of the UN 2030 Agenda, and particularly to the environmental sustainability of the textile sector and to gender equality, given the high number of women employed in the sector.
Welcoming the new members of the Network, the Director-General Audrey Azoulay stressed the importance of developing new urban models, involving architects, urban planners, landscape architects and citizens and solicited a bigger international cooperation among the Creative Cities, in line with the UNESCO values.