“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes time. Vision with action can change the world! ~ Joel Arthur Barker
Today, we are returning to a subject we shared on Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day – UNESCO’s designated Cities of Creative Industries. There are 29 cities that play integral roles in developing new technologies in publishing, cinema, design, culinary arts, music and crafts. Opportunity for opening up new prospects for globalization of exchange, cultural diversity and economic development has put these cities in the lead:
- Media Arts: Lyon
- Crafts and Folk Art: Santa Fe, Aswan, Kanazawa and Icheon
- Gastronomy (Culinary Arts): Popayán, Chengdu and Östersund
- Film: Bradford and Sydney
- Literature : Edinburgh, Melbourne, Iowa City, Dublin and Reykjavik
- Music: Seville, Bologna, Glasgow and Ghent
- Design: Buenos Aires, Berlin, Montréal, Nagoya, Kobe, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Seoul, Saint-Étienne and Graz
There are many reasons urban hubs are identified by UNESCO as outstanding places for creative industry including excellent libraries and bookstores along with their experience in hosting festivals and literary events. The promotion and preservation of foreign literature and cities with publishing houses also make them top contenders. Existing educational arts programs and initiatives and the involvement with new media also may qualify a destination for the international dimensions that UNESCO is looking for. To read more information on the Creative Industries Network, please visit this link
At the local level, there are many small cities across the globe that are looking at their own arts and culture as ways to bring more tourists and economic development, including where I live –Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Visitors from all over the globe come here to experience the natural beauty in a mountain resort. While they are here, tourists want to gain an appreciation for fulfilling things that are found in the Art of the West.
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