UNESCO Creative Cities of Design and cluster
The network of UNESCO (UCCN) creative sites was created in 2004 to promote cooperation through the cities that indicated creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The 180 cities that compose the network work together for a common objective: to imbue creativity and culture in the core of their development plans at local level, and cooperate actively at international level.
UNESCO awards the cities that present their candidature, and the title of creative city in the various fields, and are called “clusters” – specifically: Music – Crafts and folk art – Design – New media – Cinema – Literature – Gastonomy.
Italian Creative Cities
In the framework of the UNESCO creative cities in the various clusters, we constituted a coordination of the Italian cities that received the entitlement. The components are: Alba (gastronomy), Biella (crafts and folk art), Bergamo (gastronomy), Bologna (music), Fabriano (hcrafts and folk art), Parma (gastronomy), Rome (cinema), Turin (design).
This is the network of the main European cities, founded in 1986. It is currently composed of 135 big cities and 45 partner cities that through these govern 130 million citizens in 39 countries.
Through 6 forums themes they work with work groups on projects, activities and events, offering the members a platform for the sharing of know-how and ideas.
The European cities of the Culture Forum have been invited – work groups on public art, coordinated by Turin.
GAI – Association for the Circuit of Young Italian Artists
GAI is a nonprofit organization, recognized by MiBACT and was established in 1997. As of today it gathers 33 Public Administrations with the aim of supporting the new artistic generations through initiatives for promotion, production, mobility and research. The GAI aims to document activities, offer services, organize training opportunities and visibility, for the benefit of the youths who operate in the fields of creativity, contemporary arts and showbiz. The National presidency and secretariat are currently assigned to the City of Turin. They belong to the network of the Municipalities of Ancona, Asti, Bari, Bologna, Cagliari, Campobasso, Como, Cosenza, Ferrara, Florence, Forlì, Genoa, Mantua, Messina, Milan, Modena, Naples, Padua, Parma, Pavia, Perugia, Pisa, Prato, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia, Rome, Salerno, Siena, Turin, Trent, Trieste; the Province of Matera; and the Piedmont Region.
BJCEM-Biennale des jeunes créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée
This International Association is a Mediterranean network established in July 2001. Among the activities that BJCEM undertakes, the main one is the Biennial of the young artists of Europe and the Mediterranean, an event which hosts every two years in a different city, hundreds of young talents in the various artistic disciplines. The Association is based in Brussels, and the general secretariat holds office in Turin. The network is present in the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, the Lebanon, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Republic of San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Kingdom. It cooperates with external partners, Algeria, Austria, Israel and Kosovo.