The candidacy to enter the Creative Cities Network has achieved international endorsement for editorial capital, the footprint of great writers and Sant Jordi
Barcelona literary city by Unesco
Literary Barcelona City has been declared by UNESCO to be selected its bid to become a member of the Creative Cities Network as a City of Literature, according to Europa Press sources of the City of Barcelona.
The nomination was made official last July, and the project was developed with the complicity of the Promotion Council of the bid, comprising more than 50 organizations and institutions linked to literature in the city. La Vanguardia called for the submission of this application, for editorial relevance of Barcelona and the impact they have had in it great writers like Cervantes or García Márquez.
This project showed the strength and solidity of the publishing capital of the city, the large number of projects around books and reading and will project them internationally. The nomination was supported by the main associations of authors, editors, translators, librarians and Catalan illustrators, along with the National Commission for Unesco and the major cities that currently make up the network, created in 2004.
Among the highlights of this project it is that Barcelona an international meeting place of authors and writers with the other cities of the network, as well as international conferences and meetings on the future of the publishing industry to claim the capital of Barcelona.
It also seeks to promote innovation in projects promoting reading, particularly among young and new formats to bring literature to wider audiences, and promote the exchange of best practices among cities to expand the literary experience in urban spaces, as well as consolidate Barcelona as the global benchmark city in celebration of April 23 as World Book Day Unesco.
Burgos, also selected
The city of Burgos has also been nominated by UNESCO, in this case in the Food category. The two municipalities become part of the selection of 47 cities in 33 countries-including three Spanish: Granada in the literary category, Seville and Bilbao in music in design- who commit to “collaborate and develop partnerships to promote creativity and cultural industries, share best practices, strengthen participation in cultural life and integrate culture in their plans for economic and social development.”
“The Creative Cities Network is a huge potential to emphasize the value of culture as an accelerator of sustainable development,” he said in a statement the Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova. The sustainable development program for 2030, adopted by the international community in September 2015, highlights the importance of culture and creativity as key drivers of sustainable urban development and in 2015 the tenth anniversary of the Convention on the Protection and celebrates promoting diversity of cultural expressions. The next annual meeting of the Creative Cities Network will be held in September 2016 in Ostersund (Sweden).
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