Terrassa has been one of the 64 cities designated as Unesco’s Creative Cities by the general director of this body, Irina Bokova. In this way, Terrassa will become part of the Network of Creative Cities of Unesco in the section Film, becoming the only city in Spain that has managed to join the network after that the candidature, that was presented last June by the City Council of Terrassa. Unesco has recognized the commitment of the city to place creativity in the center of its strategies.
In this way, Terrassa becomes the first Spanish city designated Creative City of Unesco in the Film section, joining the cities of Rome (Italy), Bradford (England), Galway (Ireland), Sofia (Bulgaria ), Bitola (Macedonia), Sidney (Australia), Busan (South Korea) and Santos (Brazil).
Terrassa is one of the most important centres of audiovisual creation and production in Catalonia and Spain. It has become a reference point for southern Europe and is committed to innovation, talent and creativity as strategic focal points for future economic and cultural development. Our city has been home to the most prominent university for audiovisual learning in Catalonia, and one of the best in Europe, the ESCAC [Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya, the University School of Cinema and Visual Communication of Catalonia], since the beginning of the 21st century, and to the Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya [the Catalonia Audiovisual Park], an extensive complex dedicated to creation and production which is closely linked to the Terrassa Science and Technology Park ‘Orbital 40’.
This stimulus for the film and audiovisual sectors in Terrassa arises from a policy of 6 public and socio-economic agreement that has chosen this sector, along with others such as aeronautics, pharmaceutics, optics and photonics, nutrition, and health, to provide medium and long-term solutions not only to the economic crisis of recent years but also to redirect its economy towards areas where there are many opportunities to generate wealth, employment, social progress and wellbeing.
We are an ‘open stage’ Film City and we host many audiovisual shoots and productions through our Film Office. We are also home to the recently created ‘Taula de l’Audiovisual’, a public-private forum for participation and collaboration in which the most important entities in the local cinematographic field, such as creators, educators, local authorities and sector professionals debate and share initiatives.
Film and the audiovisual media are the present and the future in Terrassa, but they are also part of its past, symbolised by the fact the centre for preservation of all Catalonia’s cinematographic heritage, a subsidiary of the Filmoteca de Catalunya [Catalonia Film Archive], is located in Terrassa’s Parc Audiovisual.