ITKI US Initiatives

BREADS of the CREATIVE CITIES (BoCC) AND BREADS from the CREATIVE CITIES (BfCC)

BREADS of the CREATIVE CITIES (BoCC) AND BREADS from the CREATIVE CITIES (BfCC) are two projects envisioned and carried out by ITKI US with the support of the ITKI Foundation. Both projects apply the Creative Knowledge Platform methodology and use different formats (round tables, meetings, FB live streams, video recordings) to make available stories of local bakers, millers and farmers.

BREADS of the CREATIVE CITIES (BoCC)

The BoCC project was thought out to document and promote the bread making traditions of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in partnership with Tucson, UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy following the Days of Bread event, held in Krakow, UNESCO Creative City of Literature during the UCCN XII Annual Conference in June 2018. 

Within this initiative the definition of bread includes a local staple food (made of any kind of flour and water) that plays a culturally significant role in the heritage of a community and is a symbol of sharing and giving mutual support among the cities of the network. 

During the UCCN XIII Annual Conference in Fabriano (June 2019, Italy) the initiative, which included bread making traditions from 50 UNESCO Creative Cities, was recognized as one of the most significant projects for its inclusive and intra-cluster characteristic. Puebla, UNESCO Creative City of Design added to the initiative and offered its know-how for designing a bread stamp for each participating city.

The initiative was to be expanded in Santos (Brasil) during the UCCN XIV Annual Conference (July 2020) that has been tentatively postponed to July 2021 due to COVID-19 outbreak.

BREADS from CREATIVE CITIES (BfCC)

In 2020 Fabriano (UNESCO Creative City of Folk Art and Crafts) launched a special edition of the BoCC initiative, called “Panettieri d’Italia – BREADS from CREATIVE CITIES”, which officially entered among the UNESCO initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This special edition focuses on sharing the cultural heritage of bread and its significance for communities during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and brings together local Italian bakers to share videos of their local traditional bread recipes.

Thanks to the support of ITKI Foundation this initiative has evolved into the project “BREADS from CREATIVE CITIES-Local Traditional Bakers”, which allows bakers, farmers, and millers from all over the world to tell the story of the traditional bread of their territories by means of the Creative Knowledge Platform platform.

Hands at work

This project initiated to support the candidature of Carrara into the UNESCO Creative City Network for the cluster Crafts and Folk Art in 2017.
It bears witness to the creativity of quarrying and working the white marble since ancient times, and transforming it into a whole range of products in the field of art, architecture and design.
In the book “Hands at work: Carrara Marble” that accompanied the candidature, the Creative Knowledge Platform was used to highlight three artists that have been working with Carrara marble, and to describe many of the creative and practical steps they went through to make a fine piece of artwork from an unrefined block of marble.

VOYAGE OF THE DRUM

“Drumming is the most primal expression of music that’s been with us since prehistory so I think it’s a great platform to work from. […] Every city will have a drumming story”
This project was announced by Kansas City, UNESCO Creative City of Music at the UCCN XIII Annual conference in Fabriano (June 2019, Italy) and focuses on the cultural heritage and creativity of the Drum and of drumming to be recognized as historic and modern musical heritage and to express a culture of creative resistance to racism and inequality.
ITKI US is contributing to the project with the Creative Knowledge Platform that will be used to narrate the stories of the Drum in a unique and multifaceted way starting from the beat (unique to each city and culture), the literature and the history of that specific culture to end with the crafting of the instrument, which is an essential part of many indigenous cultures, and the performance of many musicians and composers that use the drum to express their cultural heritage.

CREATIVE TEXTILES PROJECT

The CREATIVE TEXTILE(S) PROJECT is an exemplary application of the Declaration of San Cristobal de Las Casas (Mexico, February 2018) that has defined a method to exchange knowledge and traditions in complete respect of local and indigenous cultures.
On April 3, 2019 in San Cristobal de Las Casas five pieces of silk fabrics (donated by the City of Como) were hand-delivered to five women artisans from the villages of Chenalhó, Huixtán, Oxchuc, San Juan Cancuc, Zinacantán to be embroidered with the traditional techniques and local Mayan symbols. Silk designers from Como were challenged to reinterpret the traditional Maya motifs to produce a selection of silk fabrics with a contemporary and unique style.
The finished products were put on display during the 2019 XIII UNESCO Creative Cities Network Annual Conference in Fabriano (Italy).
A related event, held in Archita (Romania) on August 3,2019 expanded outside the UNESCO Creative City Network and proposed the creation of cultural hubs, in which new generations of artisans (Knowledge Keepers) can be tutored and trained.

Hands at work

This project initiated to support the candidature of Carrara into the UNESCO Creative City Network for the cluster Crafts and Folk Art in 2017.
It bears witness to the creativity of quarrying and working the white marble since ancient times, and transforming it into a whole range of products in the field of art, architecture and design.
In the book “Hands at work: Carrara Marble” that accompanied the candidature, the Creative Knowledge Platform was used to highlight three artists that have been working with Carrara marble, and to describe many of the creative and practical steps they went through to make a fine piece of artwork from an unrefined block of marble.

VOYAGE OF THE DRUM

“Drumming is the most primal expression of music that’s been with us since prehistory so I think it’s a great platform to work from. […] Every city will have a drumming story”
This project was announced by Kansas City, UNESCO Creative City of Music at the UCCN XIII Annual conference in Fabriano (June 2019, Italy) and focuses on the cultural heritage and creativity of the Drum and of drumming to be recognized as historic and modern musical heritage and to express a culture of creative resistance to racism and inequality.
ITKI US is contributing to the project with the Creative Knowledge Platform that will be used to narrate the stories of the Drum in a unique and multifaceted way starting from the beat (unique to each city and culture), the literature and the history of that specific culture to end with the crafting of the instrument, which is an essential part of many indigenous cultures, and the performance of many musicians and composers that use the drum to express their cultural heritage.

CREATIVE TEXTILES PROJECT

The CREATIVE TEXTILE(S) PROJECT is an exemplary application of the Declaration of San Cristobal de Las Casas (Mexico, February 2018) that has defined a method to exchange knowledge and traditions in complete respect of local and indigenous cultures.
On April 3, 2019 in San Cristobal de Las Casas five pieces of silk fabrics (donated by the City of Como) were hand-delivered to five women artisans from the villages of Chenalhó, Huixtán, Oxchuc, San Juan Cancuc, Zinacantán to be embroidered with the traditional techniques and local Mayan symbols. Silk designers from Como were challenged to reinterpret the traditional Maya motifs to produce a selection of silk fabrics with a contemporary and unique style.
The finished products were put on display during the 2019 XIII UNESCO Creative Cities Network Annual Conference in Fabriano (Italy).
A related event, held in Archita (Romania) on August 3,2019 expanded outside the UNESCO Creative City Network and proposed the creation of cultural hubs, in which new generations of artisans (Knowledge Keepers) can be tutored and trained.

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