Jul 16, 2014, 6:05 PM
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ICHHTO introduces creative cities to OIC

Tehran, July 16, IRNA -- Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) has introduced Tabriz in northwest Iran and Yazd in central Iran as creative cities to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said a senior official of ICHHTO.

Thursday edition of the English language newspaper Iran Daily quoted Mohammad Reza Pouyandeh as saying that the UNESCO’s Cultural Department has implemented a project named “Creative Cities”, ISNA reported.

“OIC has also defined a similar project and asked member-states to introduce two creative cities for 2016 and 2017,” he said.

“We introduced Tabriz for 2016 and Yazd for 2017 to OIC on the basis of seven UNESCO criteria for creative cities such as food, music, literature, customs and urban furniture. “

Pouyandeh noted that all information regarding these cities are prepared and will be sent to the OIC Secretariat.

“Recently, in a global conference held in Malaysia, good ideas titled Think City were raised. Currently, it is being implemented in some cities of Malaysia,” he said.

The official also said the plan to designate creative cities could also be implemented at the national level.

“We have planned a similar project inside Iran to select certain cities to create competition and use the potentials of their municipalities. This is a plan implemented by ICHHTO annually to introduce the creative cities,” he said.