Óbidos and Idanha-a-Nova were the two Portuguese towns selected in the group of 47 cities in 33 countries that UNESCO distinguished by including them in the network of cities in which creative industries foster the social, economic and cultural development of the local communities.
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Óbidos was classified in the literary town category. In a project that has been ongoing since 2011, several bookshops have been opened in places originally created for a different function, such as a church, a market, a cellar and an old primary school. Other facilities dedicated to literature include two museums, an art gallery and the Interior Design Centre.
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Idanha-a-Nova, in the Castelo Branco district, was classified in the music town category, its application having been prepared since 2013. Its symbol is the adufe, which best exemplifies the local musical tradition and which is a good example of how the typical traditions of the region are maintained.
The network of creative cities includes categories in the areas of gastronomy, cinema, design, handicraft, literature, music, multimedia art and popular art.
For further information go to http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/