MILAN, OCTOBER 1 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced Tuesday that Milan has been designated a City of Literature as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, joining a group of 28 international cities that also includes, among others, Edinburgh, Dublin, Krakow, Baghdad andMontevideo.
The designation is awarded to world cities that have demonstrated a fervent interest in literature, publishing and other forms of written expression. With Milan, Seattle was named, following Iowa City (home of the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop) as cities of literature.
The Creative Cities Network designates cities in seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music. Italian cities of Alba, Pesaro and Carrara were named among them. With yesterday’s announcement, the network now includes 180 cities in 72 countries. UNESCO, in a statement, said that “While differing geographically, demographically or economically, all Creative Cities commit to develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies.”
The new designations showcase an enhanced diversity in city profiles and geographical balance, with 19 cities from countries not previously represented in the network, declared Director-General Irina Bokova. She added, “The cooperation framework proposed to foster candidate cities from the Africa region – a UNESCO Global Priority – has been a true success with 9 African cities now joining the Network.” (@OnuItalia)