REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA OFFICIAL PARTNER OF BIELLA CANDIDATE UCC OF CRAFTS & FOLK ART
Biella, in the list of the 4 finalists chosen by Rome to represent Italy in Paris, is facing the second part of the evaluation process: the summer review of the Dossier by UNESCO delegates and technicians, and by the cities already in the network.
One of the strategic projects in Biella’s Dossier involves an exceptional partner: the Republic of Namibia, one of the regions currently underrepresented in the UNESCO network.
The project, based on the specific know-how and identity of the two territories involved, traces a creative axis between the Italian capital of wool, Biella, and Keetmanshoop, reference city of the Namibian wool region, Karas.
Born thanks to the mediation of the Consul and the Ambassador of Namibia, the project was developed according to UN AGENDA 2030 dictates and addresses the issues of environmental sustainability, animal cruelty-free practices, manufacturing creativity.
The Namibian project is a cooperation model that Biella wants to extend to other cities already in the network, on specific creative sector and/or crosscutting initiatives.
In the photo the monument, in the center of Keetmanshoop (Namibia), which commemorates the arrival of the first Karakul sheeps in 1907.