Mohamad Hosein Eqbali

Hi! I am Mohamad Hosein, a graduate student of tourism management who loves reading and backpacking! I am especially interested in all the different ethnicities and cultures of Iran. Whenever I get the chance, I pack my backpack and head out to somewhere new. So far, I have been to some pretty off-the-beaten-track places in Iran. I try to share my stories and raise awareness about the lesser-known parts of Iran.

Bandar Abbas and Sanandaj Join Creative Cities Network of UNESCO

October 31st of each year marks the World’s Cities Day. And to commemorate this day, UNESCO has added 66 new members to its extensive network of Creative Cities. The UN cultural body has designated two new Iranian cities, namely Bandar Abbas and Sanandaj, as UNESCO Creative Cities.

Sanandaj Daf music instrument UNESCO

The Network of creative cities is for towns all around the world that show excellence and vibrant culture in 7 different categories: Film, Literature, Music, Crafts and Folks Art, Design, Gastronomy, and Media Arts.

Previously, two Iranian cities were on the honorable list: Isfahan and Rasht, both for different reasons. Isfahan is a creative city in the Crafts and Folks Art section. The city’s amazing handicrafts and arts comprise of Iran’s most talented and specialized craftspeople in more 150 various disciplines. Rasht, however, was registered on the UNESCO list because of the rich gastronomical experience it offers to visitors and tourists alike.

But more recently, in October 2019, two other cities of Iran, namely Sanandaj and Bandar Abbas enjoyed having their name added to the honorable list. Sanandaj, a city in western Iran, is famous for its local music and how Tanbour as a musical instrument is a way to connect to higher energies and divine deities. Bandar Abbas, a city on the Persian Gulf in southern Iran and close to the ever-more strategic Strait of Hormuz is a symbol of Iranian “southern” life and nightlife. It was registered on the UNESCO because of the rich experience it offers in Crafts and Folks Art.

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