Recently, 66 new cities have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, including the Hungarian city of Veszprém, which will be the 2023 European Capital of Culture.
In 2023, Hungary will once again host the European Capital of Culture (ECoC). Following a long selection process, the city of Veszprém has emerged as the winner. In addition to its creative music scene, the city has now joined the list of UNESCO’s Creative Cities on October 30th.
Veszprém, one of the oldest urban areas in Hungary, was the favorite city of Queen Gisela, the wife of St. Stephen, hence its slogan: the ‘City of Queens.’ It is Hungary’s 16th largest city, with about 60,000 residents. Veszprém has long been known for its lively culture, festivals, and university and sports life. For example, during the Street Music Festival–often referred to as one of Hungary’s most unique summer events–the city turns into one big festival square. Anyone who has the courage can become a performer and concerts are free of charge.
UNESCO director Audrey Azoulay said that “all over the world, these cities, each in its own way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy,” adding that it “favors political and social innovation and is particularly important for the younger generations.”
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With 66 new cities added to the list, The UNESCO Creative Cities Network now totals 246 cities. According to the UNESCO website, the member cities of the network are found on all continents and regions with different income levels and populations, and the aim of the list is to work together towards a common mission: “placing creativity and the creative economy at the core of their urban development plans to make cities safe, resilient, inclusive, and sustainable, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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