The capital of Tatarstan was included in the Creative Cities Network along with 66 cities from all over the world.
We need to promote Kazan and take advantage of new opportunities that emerged from the title of UNESCO Creative City, Mayor Ilsur Metshin said today at the Business Monday meeting, commenting on the inclusion of the capital of Tatarstan in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
“We know how difficult it is to prepare a convincing bid and win, but every 4 years we will have to prove this high title. We have a wide variety of cultures. We have a potential, the basis of musical culture is strong and solid – said the Mayor of Kazan. – We need to promote Kazan and take advantages of new opportunities that emerged from the title of UNESCO Creative City of music.”
“The UNESCO Creative Cities Network provides the greatest opportunities for Kazan in the development of international cultural cooperation, - said Azat Abzalov, head of the Department of culture.
Ilsur Metshin expressed gratitude to the State Councilor of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiev, who is doing a lot of work with his team in this significant direction for the republic and its capital. Words of thanks were also expressed to Grigory Ordzhonikidze, Secretary General of the Russian Federation Commission for UNESCO, Tatiana Larionova, Executive Director of the Tatarstan Fund of restoring monuments and culture, departments of the Executive Committee and citizens of Kazan.
Azat Abzalov reminded that the bid for joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network was initiated in 2018 by the Kazan Department of culture with the support of the Vozrozhdenie fund and the Tatarstan Ministry of culture. The Union of Composers of Russia and the Russian Musical Union supported the bid of Kazan. “The bid presents the rich cultural heritage of Kazan in music, major musical events that are regularly implemented in the city, the cultural and economic potential, which allows the capital of Tatarstan to be known on a global level,”- said the head of the Department of culture. Global initiatives included in the bid were the festival of new Tatar culture Tat Cult Fest, the Constellation - Yoldyzlyk international festival and the open competition of young composers. Local initiatives include the Kazan solgese folk song and dance festival, and the 100 / faces children's art competition, which is being conducted on the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Tatarstan.
“We have a long way to go in the development of “Kazan – city of music” program, many interesting projects and new partnerships in the field of preserving the cultural heritage of the entire planet,”- A. Abzalov summed up.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created in 2004. Currently, 246 cities make up the network, including 46 – in music. The capital of Tatarstan was included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network along with 66 cities from all over the world. Among the Russian cities, in addition to the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, the new list includes Kargopol in crafts and folk art.
The Network unites cities that have identified creativity as a development factor – music, crafts and folk art, design, film, literature, media art or gastronomy.