66 cities in 44 countries have become new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Kazan entered the network in the direction of “Music”.
As laboratories of ideas and innovative practices, the creative cities of UNESCO make a tangible contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through innovative thinking and action. This is stated on the organization’s website.
A large number of international-level musical events are held in the capital of Tatarstan, including the Fyodor Chaliapin Opera Festival, the Rudolph Nuriev Classical Ballet Festival, the Europe-Asia Contemporary Music Festival, the Sergei Rakhmaninov “White Lilac” Festival, the Sofia Gubaidulina Contemporary Music Festival "Concordia", open-air festival "Golden Autumn", "L'arte de larco", the festival of the new Tatar culture Tat Cult Fest, as well as the festival "Tasty Kazan", the literary festival "Aksenov-fest", book festivali CSK "Smena" and others.
Since 2004, the UNESCO network of creative cities has demonstrated the creative potential of its members in seven thematic areas: arts and crafts and folk art, design, cinematography, gastronomy, literature, media art and music. The network currently has a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.