Two Iranian Cities Join UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Monday, March 28, 2016

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

Two Iranian cities, Rasht and Isfahan, were announced as new members of the Creative Cities Network of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday, December 11.



Isfahan was announced as creative city in the field of Crafts and Folk Art and Rasht was added to the list as the creative city of gastronomy.


Naqsh-e Jahan Square - Isfahan


Rasht Cuisine


The UNESCO Creative Cities Network welcome the cities within its seven creative fields of crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music.


Isfahan HandiCrafts


Rasht Cuisine


Over 18000 artists produce handicrafts in 196 types in Isfahan, which covers one third of handicraft products in Iran. In early September, the city was recognized as World Crafts City by the World Crafts Council (WCC).


Khatamkari - Isfahan


Located in northern Iran, Rasht is the capital of green province of Gilan. The city boasts over 170 reciepes. The garlic-stoked, vegetable-rich Gilan cuisines include Mirza Qasemi, Torsh-e Tareh, Anar-Bij, Sir-Qelyeh, Baqali-Qatoq and kal Kabab.



UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, has announced the designation of 47 cities from 33 countries as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network:

• Adelaide (Australia) – Music • Al-Ahsa (Saudi Arabia) – Crafts and Folk Art • Austin (United States of America) – Media Arts • Baghdad (Iraq) – Literature • Bamiyan (Afghanistan) – Crafts and Folk Art • Bandung (Indonesia) – Design • Barcelona (Spain) – Literature • Belém (Brazil) – Gastronomy • Bergen (Norway) – Gastronomy • Bitola (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) – Film • Budapest (Hungary) – Design • Burgos (Spain) – Gastronomy • Dénia (Spain) – Gastronomy • Detroit (United States of America) – Design • Durán (Ecuador) – Crafts and Folk Art • Ensenada (Mexico) – Gastronomy • Gaziantep (Turkey) – Gastronomy • Idanha-a-Nova (Portugal) – Music • Isfahan (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Crafts and Folk Art • Jaipur (India) – Crafts and Folk Art • Katowice (Poland) – Music • Kaunas (Lithuania) – Design • Kingston (Jamaica) – Music • Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Music • Liverpool (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Music • Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Literature • Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Crafts and Folk Art • Lviv (Ukraine) – Literature • Medellín (Colombia) – Music • Montevideo (Uruguay) – Literature • Nottingham (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Literature • Óbidos (Portugal) – Literature • Parma (Italy) – Gastronomy • Phuket (Thailand) – Gastronomy • Puebla (Mexico) – Design • Rasht (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Gastronomy • Rome (Italy) – Film • Salvador (Brazil) – Music • San Cristóbal de las Casas (Mexico) – Crafts and Folk Art • Santos (Brazil) – Film • Sasayama (Japan) – Crafts and Folk Art • Singapore (Singapore) – Design • Tartu (Estonia) – Literature • Tongyeong (Republic of Korea) – Music • Tucson (United States of America) – Gastronomy
• Ulyanovsk (Russian Federation) – Literature Varanasi (India) – Music


Vank Cathedral - Isfahan



“The UNESCO Creative Cities Network represents an immense potential to assert the role of culture as enabler of sustainable development. I would like to recognize the many new cities and their countries that are enriching the Network with their diversity” declared the Director-General, as UNESCO celebrates in 2015 the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.






City of Isfahan


Isfahan metropolis was elected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as Innovative City and joined World's Innovative Cities.


Ali Qapu Palace


Isfahan Mayor Mehdi Jamalinejad announced the news on Saturday December 12, saying that Isfahan is the first Iranian city which joined WIC.


Chehel Sotoon


World Innovative Cities Network is the most trustworthy world network, which was established by the UNESCO, and Isfahan was elected as member of the network because of its handicrafts and popular arts.


Imam Mosque - Naqsh-e Jahan Square


The mayor said the UNESCO statement announced that innovation as the driving engine of urban sustainable development accompanied with social participation and cultural mobility may bring a better future for the city.


Imam Mosque


'So urban management by following up the registration process for Isfahan in World Network of Innovative Cities as well as creation of Innovation center in Isfahan Municipality is taking the primary steps in this field.'


Khaju Bridge


He thanked all those who had tried in this field and said that urban management program related to such an important world event.



Hasht Behesht Garden - Palace




Municipality of Rasht

Rasht Cuisine Diversity

The Iranian city of Rasht gets UNESCO’s recognition as one of the best places in the world as far as cookery is concerned.



Rasht, the capital city of Gilan Province, has made it into UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network for its gastronomy (the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food).



Rasht is now among 47 cities from 33 countries that are part of the network in seven creative fields — crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music.



The city’s mayor has said that designation of Rasht as a UNESCO Creative City of gastronomy is a major step toward introduction of brand names based in the city.



Mohammad Ali Sabet-Ghadam further said that at a gathering in Paris on Wednesday December 9, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, announced the designation of 47 cities from 33 countries as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.



He further said that Rasht is the only Iranian city which was designated as a creative city in terms of cookery, adding that Isfahan was selected as a creative city in terms of crafts and folk art.



Launched in 2004 and now comprising 116 Member Cities, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.


*Watch the Video: Gilan-Masouleh & Gilaki Foods

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