The Cinema Catalunya in Terrassa has hosted this week the presentation to the public of the candidacy at the Film section of the Unesco Creative Cities network. The Mayor, Jordi Ballart, explained to the attendees (who filled the main hall of the cinema) that “Terrassa has a life of cinema, with a national and international projection”. Ballart added that “in recent years, it has carried a clear commitment to creativity and culture, always keeping in mind the values of social justice and openness to other cultures.” The Mayor also pointed out that being part of the network goes beyond the international prestige, because “it is a unique opportunity to position Terrassa, to attract investment and to develop more creativity”. Currently, Terrassa is already part of the Unesco family with the Castells (human towers), with two chairs of the Technical University (UPC), with two schools (Escola Pia and Carmel) and with the Seu of Ègara, candidate for world heritage site.
The presentation was attended by the screening of the short film “A life of cinema in Terrassa”, performed by the Terrassa director Antoni Verdaguer. The same author explained that “we are a city of cinema” and added that the movie, with amateur actors, recounts the life of a fictional film director, Llum Vidal, who discovers his love for cinema at the age of 10 in a workshop about film at her primary school. The film tells all the Llum’s story during the next 50 years of her life, and how she could go keeping her training and professional link with the cinema without having to go out Terrassa, passing through a secondary school, the film school in Catalonia (ESCAC), the Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya (PAC) and the archive of the Filmoteca. The act was completed with the projection of “Mare Nostrum. A concert. A journey “, a film of Michelle Brun, from Switzerland, former student at ESCAC. All the people that came to the presentation could take a picture in a photo with the hashtags #Terrassacityoffilm, #UCCN and #UNESCO to be shared at the social networks.
After overcoming the first choose in Spain, the Mayor Jordi Ballart, accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of Culture, Innovation and Projection of the City, Amadeu Aguado, and the General Director of the PAC, Cristina Brandner, met at the headquarters of the Unesco in Paris with the Division Director of Creativity, Jyoti Hosagrahar. The official decision is expected towards the end of the month of October.
The Unesco Creative Cities Network was established in 2004 to promote cooperation between cities to identify creativity as a strategic factor. Currently, there are 116 cities in 7 categories. The Film Section has only eight cities: Busan, Bradford, Galway, Santos, Bitola, Sidney, Sofia and Rome. The only Catalan city in a Unesco network is Barcelona, in the section of literature since 2015.
You can check more information here: Terrassa City of Film