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It's official: Biella is a Unesco Creative City

Oasi Zegna, a supporter of the candidature since its filing, celebrates the long awaited recognition

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Biella is a Unesco creative city. Oasi Zegna is delighted to celebrate the news published on Unesco’s international website, a fitting outcome for Biella’s candidature to enter the “Creative Cities” network with the official backing of the Italian UNESCO Commission. News that may well lead to important new developments in the territory and will bring great satisfaction to those who believed in the project from the outset. Having come through the first phase of the candidature, Biella was awaiting official confirmation, along with Bergamo, Trieste and Como. That has now arrived and Biella is a Unesco creative city, in the Crafts and Folk Art sector. A splendid accolade for Bergamo too, in the Gastronomy sector.

The logo for this initiative was created by Michelangelo Pistoletto.  
I firmly believe in the potential of Biella’s candidature,” said the city’s mayor Claudio Corradino on the day after the initial selection phase was successfully passed, “and this result is really very important. I’m convinced that Biella has everything it takes to get through selection by the Unesco Commission in Paris too and I will personally be making every effort through the appropriate channels to achieve this end”. In other words, mission accomplished.

Here is a list of the new entries to the Creative Cities network, with their respective sectors:

Afyonkarahisar (Turkey) – Gastronomy 
Ambon (Indonesia) – Music
Angoulême (France) – Literature
Areguá (Paraguay) – Crafts and Folk Art
Arequipa (Peru) – Gastronomy
Asahikawa (Japan) – Design
Ayacucho (Peru) – Crafts and Folk Art
Baku (Azerbaijan) – Design
Ballarat (Australia) – Crafts and Folk Art
Bandar Abbas (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Crafts and Folk Art
Bangkok (Thailand) – Design
Beirut (Lebanon) – Literature
Belo Horizonte (Brazil) – Gastronomy
Bendigo (Australia) – Gastronomy
Bergamo (Italy) – Gastronomy
Biella (Italy) – Crafts and Folk Art
Caldas da Rainha (Portugal) – Crafts and Folk Art
Cebu City (Philippines) – Design
Essaouira (Morocco) – Music
Exeter (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Literature
Fortaleza (Brazil) – Design
Hanoi (Vietnam) – Design
Havana (Cuba) – Music
Hyderabad (India) – Gastronomy
Jinju (Republic of Korea) – Crafts and Folk Art
Kargopol (Russian Federation) – Crafts and Folk Art
Karlsruhe (Germany) – Media Arts
Kazan (Russian Federation) – Music
Kırşehir (Turkey) – Music
Kuhmo (Finland) – Literature
Lahore (Pakistan) – Literature
Leeuwarden (Netherlands) – Literature
Leiria (Portugal) – Music
Lliria (Spain) – Music
Mérida (Mexico) – Gastronomy
Metz (France) – Music
Muharraq (Bahrain) – Design
Mumbai (India) – Film
Nanjing (China) – Literature
Odessa (Ukraine) – Literature
Overstrand Hermanus (South Africa) – Gastronomy
Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) – Music
Portoviejo (Ecuador) – Gastronomy
Potsdam (Germany) – Film
Querétaro (Mexico) – Design
Ramallah (Palestine) – Music
San José (Costa Rica) – Design
Sanandaj (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Music
Santiago de Cali (Colombia) – Media Arts
Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) – Music
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – Film
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Crafts and Folk Art
Slemani (Iraq) – Literature
Sukhothai (Thailand) – Crafts and Folk Art
Trinidad (Cuba) – Crafts and Folk Art 
Valladolid (Spain) – Film
Valledupar (Colombia) – Music
Valparaíso (Chile) – Music
Veszprém (Hungary) – Music
Viborg (Denmark) – Media Arts
Viljandi (Estonia) – Crafts and Folk Art
Vranje (Serbia) – Music
Wellington (New Zealand) – Film
Wonju (Republic of Korea) – Literature
Wrocław (Poland) – Literature
Yangzhou (China) – Gastronomy

All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy. This favors political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations.” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

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