Two Paducah officials will visit China this weekend for the Suzhou International Culture & Design Industry Expo. Mayor Gayle Kaler and Mary Hammond of the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau will meet with local officials and visit various creative industries.
“Part of our responsibility as a member of the Creative Cities Network is to promote creativity and integrate culture into development. Suzhou, China is working to become a member of the Network and is looking to us for support, guidance, and inspiration,” Kaler said in a press release. “We are honored to be invited by Suzhou and are grateful that our expenses will be covered.”
In November, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Creative Cities Network designated Paducah as their 7th city of crafts and folk art.
The CCN includes over 40 cities worldwide that are recognized as centers of literature, film, music, design, crafts and folk art, media arts and gastronomy.
Suzhou is awaiting the decision on its application to join Paducah as a city of crafts and folk art. The metropolis is currently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its gardens, canals, lakes and museums.
The Expo is sponsored by the Bureau of Culture, Broadcasting, Television, Press and Publication of Suzhou.