Mazatlan applies to be one of UNESCO’s Creative Cities

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By Staff February 28, 2019 12:45

Mazatlan applies to be one of UNESCO’s Creative Cities

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The 180 cities which currently make up this network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.

By joining the Network, cities commit to sharing their best practices and developing partnerships involving the public and private sectors as well as civil society. The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.

Mazatlan has everything to be recognized by UNESCO as a Creative City for its gastronomy, the quality of the farm products, the sea, and its emblematic chefs.

“I heard about the call in which Mazatlan participates to receive the Creative City label from UNESCO, it is an initiative of the State Government, they came from UNESCO to offer a workshop to fill out the questionnaires, and they contacted me there to do the research that is filling the questionnaires that UNESCO asks to be able to award the Creative City badge “. Said Arturo Santamaria, Sociologist and University Researcher

Santamaría pointed out that this distinction places UNESCO’s world pages to Mazatlan and south of Sinaloa, as a city that offers a special vitality.

“The uniqueness of its seafood-based cuisine is closely linked to the music of the band and the beer, which seemed to the UNESCO delegates to be something very special. The shrimp industry, light beer and the band emerge here in Mazatlan, is a love triangle that is accompanied all the time, they are very interested in the interrelation of creative fields”.

On February 25 and 26, the UNESCO delegates arrived to meet with the researchers and with the gastronomic community of Mazatlan.

“Mazatlan is a creative city in Gastronomy terms, as we have seen during the meetings Mazatlan is a paradigm of Sinaloa’s Gastronomy, Mazatlan joins the three regions: Valley, Mountain and Coast, and also has culinary cusines: Seafood, popular cusine and international cusine.” Said Carlos Tejeda UNESCO coordinator.

Being part of UNESCO creative cities, more than a distinctive should be seen as being part of a network with a platform to exchange best practices and innovation. Said Tejeda

Gastronomy UNESCO creative cities are: Alba (Italy), Buenaventura (Colombia), Cochabamba (Bolivia), Hatay (Turkey), Macao (China), Panama City, Paraty (Brazil) and San Antonio (USA).

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By Staff February 28, 2019 12:45

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