Jordi Ballart, Mayor of Terrassa; the Deputy Mayor of Culture, Innovation and Projection of the City, Amadeu Aguado; and the General Manager of the Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya, Cristina Brandner; recently had a meeting at UNESCO headquarters in Paris with the Director of Division of Creativity, Jyoti Hosagrahar. They were representing Terrassa’s candidature for Creative Cities Network of UNESCO (UCCN) in the FILM field; in the name of the ‘Taula Local de l’Audiovisual’ (association of the local actors in the field film). The Deputy Ambassador of Spain to UNESCO, Jaime Rodríguez-Ponga, also attended the meeting.

Jordi Ballart, Jyoti Hosagrahar and Amadeu Aguado

Terrassa City submitted, some months ago, the application for the UCCN as part of the long-term strategy and commitment with the audio-visual field, as with the aim of generating new cultural and professional opportunities for the local community of creators and developers. In addition, Terrassa aims to strength UNESCO priorities, working together not only at a local scale but a global one, firstly taking part of its International Creative Network and, secondly, being an active link with other international communities, through its current memberships of EUROCITIES and UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) .

It is expected that the official resolution will be published next October. In case of being accepted, Terrassa would be the first city in Spain member of the UCCN in the Film field, implying a specific recognition of the UNESCO for placing creativity at the very centre of the city development strategies.