Valladolid is preparing its candidacy to be in UNESCOs Creative Cities Network.
Valladolid is a city marked by its historical baggage. A history that started more than 900 years ago and has milestones of universal dimension like once being Spanish Kingdom’s capital city between the end of 15th Century and the beginning of 17th Century, when Spain had a very important influence around the world. Since then, its history has developed around creativity and culture.
With this candidacy, they want to promote and strengthen its creative network, share their experience with other cities and create partnerships for the future. In addition, this seeks to stimulate those activities that make creativity an essential element in the economic development of the city, from its audio-visual sector to other cultural and artistic specialities.
Valladolid is a city with a long and committed relationship with the cinema world, whose highest exponent is the Semana Internacional del Cine (SEMINCI), one of the oldest and most consolidated festivals in Europe, which started during the 50’s.
The commitment of this city with the cinema world has developed together with Spain’s first History and Aesthetic of Cinematography lectureship, created in 1962 by the University of Valladolid and boosted by public institutions through initiatives like Valladolid Film Office (VAFO), the technical office in charge of the assistance of audio-visual production companies that develop their projects in Valladolid.
Valladolid is also the seat of the Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático de Castilla y León, one of the main dramatic art formation centers in Spain.
The city counts with a very active film office, which attracts and supports shootings. An active member of Spain Film Commission, involved both in the assistance of emerging international markets and the impulse of screen tourism. Its coordinator, Juan Manuel Guimerans, Spain Film Commission vice chairman and promoter of Valladolid as the seat of the two editions of the Conferencia sobre Economía de los Rodajes y Turismo Cinematográfico and the creation of Fitur Cine.
Spain has seven cities in the Creative Cities Network: Barcelona (Literature, 2015), Bilbao (Design, 2014), Burgos (Gastronomy, 2015), Denia (Gastronomy, 2015), Granada (Literature, 2014), Sevilla (Music, 2006) and Terrassa (Cinema, 2017).
In the category of Cinema, there are other thirteen cities that have been designated as “City of Film”: Rome (Italy), Bradford (England), Galway (Ireland), Sofia (Bulgaria), Bitola (Macedonia), Sidney (Australia), Busan (South Korea), Santos (Brazil), Lodz (Poland), Qingdao (China), Bristol (England), Yamagata (Japan) and Terrassa (Spain).
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