Tehran, 12 January 2006 (CHN) -- UNESCO's national commission has chosen the city of Shiraz in Iran's Fars Province to be registered in the list of UNESCO's City of Literature. UNESCO's Creative Cities aims at creating a network of cities which are creative in the fields of literature, cinema, music, folk arts, design, media art, and gastronomy.
UNESCO's Global Alliance supports cultural diversity by strengthening cultural industries such as music, cinema and publishing in developing countries. It promotes respect for intellectual property rights and encourages public-private partnerships between its members.
In a letter submitted to Fars governor by UNESCO's National Commission, it has been suggested to prepare initiative facilities for inscribing Shiraz in the list of UNESCO's City of Literature.
With the agreement of Fars province, Shiraz will be the first Iranian city which would be registered in the list of UNESCO's Creative Cities.
This issue is going to be discussed further at the office of Fars governor with the presence of authorities who will gather to reach an agreement in this respect.
Some facilities such as holding artistic and literature festivals, active publishing, offering Persian literature courses in universities, and establishing rich libraries and bookstores containing Persian literature texts must be provided before the final registration of Shiraz in the list of UNESCO's City of Literature.
Edinburgh in Scotland is UNESCO's first city of literature. As the first UNESCO city of literature, Edinburgh became the founding member of the new Creative Cities Network. It seeks to harness the creative potentials of cities around the world in the fields of literature, cinema, music, folk art, design, media arts and gastronomy. The idea of creative cities encourages literary exchange and cross-cultural initiatives at the same time it builds relationships through a common passion for the development of a local, national and international literary culture.
Berlin in Germany and Buenos Aires in Argentina have been selected as creative cities in the field of design, Santa Fe in Mexico, and Aswan in Egypt have been chosen as folk art cities, and in the field of gastronomy Popayan in Colombia have been registered in the list of UNESCO's Creative Cities.
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