FABRIANO UNESCO CREATIVE CITY OF CRAFTS & FOLK ART
180 Cities with about 400 delegates from all over the world joined the XIII Annual UNESCO Creative Cities Conference in Fabriano from 10 to 15 of June 2019). And the City of Biella was present as well, as guest of the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio di Fabriano e Cupramontana. It was the chance to explain the creative commitment of Biella’s territory, as represented by its Candidacy to join the Network. Thanks to a stand dedicated to the project in Carifac’arte spaces (Le Conce), delegates from other cities of the Network and interested people could discover more about Biella’s creativity.
The City of Biella intends to actively collaborate with the other cities of the Network also through cross-cutting initiatives and projects involving other creative fields. Graz (Austria) , UNESCO Creative City for Design , is official partner of Biella’s project of residential art WEAVE ART & ENTERPRISE (by Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto), as included in Biella’s dossier for application.
To witness the partnership between the two cities: an enthusiastic letter of endorsement by the City of Graz to Biella’s Candidacy and an official meeting of a delegation of Biella’s management team with the Mayor and the Creative City staff of Graz last May at the Opening of the Graz Design Week .
Biella has been receiving important letters of endorsement from several cities of the Network.
All the Italian Creative Cities that participated to the meeting at Palazzo Gromo Losa in Biella in January 2019 signed the manifesto of support to Biella: Milan, Turin, Alba and Fabriano on that occasion explained their own experiences and ideas as suggestions for Biella’s race to join the Network .
Moreover, in the past months Biella received letters of endorsement and availability to actively collaborate (on cross-cutting initiatives as well) by Paducah, USA (UNESCO Creative City of Crafts&Folk Art, Cluster Deputy Coordinator), Kortrijk, Belgium (UNESCO Creative City of Design) e Wuhan, China (UNESCO Creative City of Design) .