IPI sees its work in Castelo Branco’s success recognized


Since October 31, 2023, Castelo Branco has been a full member of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, in the Crafts and Folk Arts category. The preparation of the application dossier was a long and very demanding process, in which IPI worked wholeheartedly, in combination with the team assigned by the Municipality, which we salute at this happy time.

In addition to concrete actions such as the first Universal Atlas of Handmade Embroidery (visitable at www.bordadocastelobranco.pt), which we hope will inspire new links, we’ve done a lot of diagnostic, strategic, benchmarking, advisory and action planning work that we’re proud of, meeting all the demanding requirements of UNESCO, which in Paris approved this effort with a “visa” to enter this international platform of cities at the forefront of sustainable and intelligent development.

Once again, we leave our mark on a transformative process, following the success of Idanha-a-Nova and Cidade da Praia, both in the Music category. IPI is to be congratulated, but above all Castelo Branco, the municipality and the community are to be congratulated for this important step forward in safeguarding and enhancing Portugal’s cultural heritage, as well as boosting the associated cultural and creative industries.

See the list of 55 new UNESCO Creative Cities at www.unesco.org

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