Braga was designated by UNESCO as Creative City. This classification was awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, following an application to which the CECS was associated, so that the investigation center is partner of the initiative. In addition to Braga, the cities of Amarante and Barcelos were also distinguished as Creative Cities. Braga, in the category of Media Arts, Barcelos in the Craft and Popular Art category, and Amarante in the Music category.
According to a statement from the Câmara Municipal de Braga, the project exhausts the distinction “deepens the cross between art and technology and recognizes the great effort of civil society and various institutions of the city in its digital transformation”. According to Luís António Santos, Deputy Director of the Center, who, together with the investigator Pedro Portela, was involved in the process, “it is a success that also touches us as institutional partners”. He emphasized that the CECS “is committed to this proposal of change and faces with great enthusiasm the work that awaits us all”.
The list of the 64 new cities to be included in the UNESCO World Network includes also Macau (Gastronomy), as well as the Brazilian cities of Brasilia (Design), João Pessoa (Craft and Popular Art) and Paraty (Gastronomy). In total 64 cities in 44 countries have been designated as creative.
The UNESCO Network of Creative Cities was created in 2004 to strengthen cooperation between cities that see creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development with social, cultural and economic impact.