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In Cali, Colombia, from 1 to 3 November, the meeting of 16 creative cities that make up the network. Opportunity to promote and share projects

Modena makes its debut at the international meeting of UNESCO creative cities for the Media Arts which takes place in Cali, Colombia, from 1 to 3 November and which brings together the components of the network founded in 2004 to promote cooperation between cities that of creativity a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.

16 of the 21 UNESCO creative cities in the world are participating in the event, organized for the first time in Latin America, with the aim of sharing experiences and knowledge and discussing future projects and challenges but also promoting themselves internationally.

The meeting, as underlined by the Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Modena Andrea Bortolamasi, is a further stage in the growth of Modena as a UNESCO creative city: “The presence in Cali is an important opportunity to promote our city as a place of culture , creativity and innovation and to lay the foundations for further network projects with other cities, opening ourselves up to new realities and confirming the vocation for internationalization of the protagonists of the city’s cultural scene”.

Modena, a UNESCO creative city for media arts since 8 November 2021 and the only one among the Italian creative cities in the Media arts cluster, presents itself with a video (visible on the website and on the website) which recounts the main activities, festivals and cultural and artistic events that the city hosts, proposes and organizes in the field of Media arts: from the digital publishing house Il Dondolo to DhMoRe, the UniMoRe center that deals with the digitization of museum documentary material , libraries and archives of the Modena and national heritage; from “Node” to the multimedia shows proposed by the Pavarotti-Freni Municipal Theatre; from the FestivalFilosofia to the virtual reality of the Open Laboratory up to the projects that more closely intertwine the “classical” arts with the technological and digital languages proposed, for example, by Fem-Future education Modena, by Ago Fabbriche cultural and by Fmav-Fondazione Modena visual arts, as well as those involving the library system and the Civic Museum of Modena. All projects, activities and profiles of the entities participating in Modena UNESCO creative city for media arts are visible on the dedicated website (

The city of Modena is represented in Cali by Silvia Sitton of the Municipality of Modena and focal point Unesco Creative City and by Lorenzo Respi, director of Exhibitions and Collections of Fmav-Fondazione Modena Arti Visive. Representatives of the Danish cities of Copenhagen and Viborg participate in the meeting; Paris and Enghien les Bains (France); Namur in Belgium; Tbilisi in Georgia; Toronto (Canada); Gwanju (South Korea); Karlsruhe (Germany); Sapporo (Japan); Hamar (Norway); Campina Grande (Brazil) Austin (Texas, United States).

The meeting program includes the presentation of the participating cities and the media arts activities they carry out and one-on-one meetings for knowledge and exchange between the cities with a view to the future development of common projects, also intercepting, when possible, funding Europeans.