7th BSEC Month of Culture
1-30 November 2023
Baku - Republic of Azerbaijan
Baku is included in UNESCO Creative Cities Network for Design (2019)!
Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan and the largest coastal city on the Caspian Sea, is recognized as a creative hub and a center of innovative projects and start-ups in the field of design.
The city provides opportunities in fashion, graphic and web design, eco-design, architecture, as well as interior and urban landscape design. All these fields represent an important source of creative economy in the context of the country’s efforts to diversify its economy into non-oil sectors and to promote sustainable development.
Creativity is celebrated and captured with the skyline and integrated within the ancient architecture. The city has been transformed with contemporary, futuristic architectural masterpieces, such as the Heydar Aliyev Centre and the Baku Crystal Hall.
To support its design sector, Baku has hosted a variety of events, including the International Construction Exhibition and the International Furniture, Interiors and Design Exhibition. The city has also promoted knowledge exchange and learning for its young and diverse designers by organizing conventions and hosting the Azerbaijan Fashion Week.
As a Creative City of Design, and in compliance with the common objective towards which the Network works -making creativity a lever for urban development and conceiving new solutions to tackle common challenges-, Baku envisages developing opportunities for creators working in different fields of design, supporting production, distribution and dissemination of goods and services in design, strengthening synergies with other creative fields covered by the Network, such as crafts and folk art, gastronomy and music, as well as enhancing cooperation among the Creative Cities that have focused on sustainable urban development.
Sources and photographs taken from: https://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/baku
Photographs No 1-2: © Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan
Photograph No 3: © Azernews
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