This 30 October, the Cuban cities of Havana and Trinidad have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay.
Havana has been chosen specifically for Music and Trinidad for crafts and ‘Folk art’.
As laboratories of ideas and innovative practices, the UNESCO Creative Cities bring a tangible contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through innovative thinking and action. Through their commitment, cities are championing sustainable development actions that directly benefit communities at urban level.
“All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy,” says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. “This favours political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations.”
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network now counts a total of 246 cities.
The member cities that form part of the Network come from all continents and regions with different income levels and populations. They work together towards a common mission: placing creativity and the creative economy at the core of their urban development plans to make cities safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Founded in January 1514, Trinidad is classified as one of the best preserved colonial cities in America, where stone streets, red roofs, stained glass windows, interior courtyards and palaces, many of them converted into museums, prevail.
In September 2018, Trinidad received the status of ‘Craft City of the World’, because of its traditional crafts, with their distinctive features, of embroidery, crochet and lacemaking, basketry and ceramics.