Zahle, the first Lebanese city to enter the UNESCO Creative Cities Network among 38 cities around the World

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The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, designated Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), Zahlé (Lebanon), Kraków (Poland) and Fabriano (Italy) as new members of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network.

Brazzaville, designated City of Music, is the Network’s first African member. Zahlé, Kraków and Fabriano join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the categories of Gastronomy, Literature, Crafts and Folks Arts, respectively.

As a result of those new appointments, the Creative Cities Network now comprises 38 cities from all regions of the world. Additional cities are expected to be designated before the end of the year. A call for applications will be launched by the end of October, in view of 2014 nominations.

In implementing local initiatives, policies and strategies, Brazzaville, Zahlé, Kraków and Fabriano have all tapped into creativity as a source of enrichment for the contemporary urban landscape and the daily life of citizens. In accordance with the mission statement of the Creative Cities programme, the new members commit to strengthening participation in cultural life—through fostering access to the creation and enjoyment of cultural activities, goods and services, promoting creativity and creative expressions, and integrating cultural and creative industries into local development.

Launched by UNESCO in 2004, the Creative Cities Network seeks to develop international cooperation among cities that have recognized creativity as a driver for sustainable development, through global multi-stakeholder partnerships. The Creative Cities Network serves to facilitate the exchange of experience, knowledge and resources among its member cities as a means to promote the development of local creative industries and foster worldwide cooperation in the cultural and creative sector, all for sustainable development.

Congratulations Zahle & “Zehlewe” people  🙂

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