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Whanganui: the eclectic art capital of Aotearoa
March 15th - 24th 2024
Creativity, innovative spirit, cultural integrity and strength of artistic tradition have won Whanganui recognition as an internationally significant UNESCO City of Design.
The designation earns Whanganui a place in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and recognises the city’s historic and contemporary contributions to design in innumerable and varied forms.
Worldwide, 49 new cities have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) following their designation by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, in recognition of their commitment to placing culture and creativity at the heart of their development and to sharing knowledge and good practices.
Whanganui & Partners embarked on the application process to be recognised as a City of Design beginning in August 2020. Dr Emma Bugden, Strategic Lead – Creative Industries, led the application and worked with more than 100 stakeholders, partners and professional bodies throughout the process.
Full story at https://discoverwhanganui.nz/news/unesco-city-of-design/