Penedo makes official candidacy for the worldwide network of Creative Cities

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The sound of fifes announces: Penedo officially becomes a candidate to be part of the select world group of Creative Cities, a network developed by Unesco to encourage collaboration and production in the creative economy.

The traditional demonstration that refers to the festivities of Bom Jesus dos Navegantes opened the 1st Creative Day of Penedo, held this Friday, 31st, at the Comendador Zeca Peixoto Convention and Events Center, the former Cine São Francisco.

The recovery of the largest and most modern cinema in the Northeast of its time, inaugurated in 1959, was highlighted by Mayor Ronaldo Lopes in his speech. The investment is one of the favorable points for Penedo in the process of evaluating the cities competing in the call for bids, the result of which will be announced in October.

Penedo bets his potential on cinema to join the Cidades Criativas network, uniting past, present and future to be at the side of Santos-SP, a partner in the endeavor that is also supported by Recife-PE, João Pessoa-PB, Campina Grande-PB, Salvador-BA and Fortaleza-CE, the northeastern cities already included.

The municipality of São Paulo is the only one in Brazil qualified in the cinema segment, among the 12 in the country that are part of the network of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Another relevant fact cited by Ronaldo Lopes at the ceremony concerns the Cine Penedo, under construction and with the last installment of the BNDES released to meet the project of the Federal University of Alagoas (Ufal) to install the audiovisual production center.

The partnership between Penedo City Hall, Ufal, the São Francisco River Basin Committee and the Government of Alagoas is responsible for the Circuito Penedo de Cinema, an event that holds five simultaneous festivals and advances to its 13th edition in 2023.

Photo Disclosure Circuit Penedo de Cinema
In addition to Ufal and Penedo City Hall, the work aimed at boosting the development of the municipality that breathes creative economy has the support of the Government of Alagoas, Sebrae, Iphan, Ifal, Banco do Nordeste, Fundação Casa do Penedo, Audiovisual Alagoas Sectorial Forum and the Penedo Tourism and Creative Economy Association.

All these institutions signed the protocol that officializes the candidacy of the municipality that is preparing for this further advance. And even if the result of the public notice is not what was expected, Penedo can now celebrate.

“The most important thing is already being done, which is this process of raising awareness about the importance of the creative economy for you”, stressed Eduardo Barroso, specialist in the Cidades Criativas network and collaborator of the municipality in the work started in 2022.

He also stressed that the definition by a certain segment does not mean that the city will act only in the one that generated its inclusion, it will be the ‘business card’ that opens the doors to cuisine, music, literature, design, media arts, handicrafts and popular arts .

In front of an audience full of students from the municipal and state public networks, the Secretary of Tourism of Penedo stated that Penedo is already a creative city. “What we want and are working to make this happen is to make the creative economy sector an important generator of jobs and income in the municipality”, highlighted Jair Galvão.

The 1st Creative Journey of Penedo opened space for an exhibition of local artisans and photographers, represented by James Dantas, Kamylla Feitosa, Matheus Santos and Bruno Vieira, all honored by Ronaldo Lopes and Guilherme Lopes, Executive Secretary of the Health Department of Alagoas.

The program for the event, which ended in the early evening, clarified aspects of the creative economy and the Unesco network through invited specialists and presented the official video of the launch of Cidade dos Sobrados to the place that is already its own.

Text Fernando Vinícius

Photos by Deywisson Duarte

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