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Santos’s Creative EcoFactory addresses issues of social development and inclusion in a city recovering from a history of financial crises and high unemployment. This initiative supports vulnerable people within the community by helping them develop a skillset in woodwork and offering potential career paths within the Old Market District.
Since its designation in 2015, Santos, Creative City of Film has been able to combine technological innovation, cultural diversity and urban sustainable development through its wide range of initiatives. In particular, the city showed how creativity plays a key role for urban renewal and inclusion of vulnerable groups and community empowerment in its Film festival CulturalMente as well as in the recycling center called Creative Ecofactory.
The Creative Ecofactory, an initiative led by Santos in Brazil, a Creative City of Film, was awarded the 2017 iFSocial Impact Prize. The World Design Guide – organizer of the prize – awards outstanding projects that aim to contribute positive results to society.
From 8 to 10 December, the UNESCO Creative City of Film Santos will host the 6th edition of the CulturalMente Santista - Santos Cultural and Creative Forum. This year, this major cultural festival will be highlighting the United Nations Agenda 2030.
Santos, Brazil, a Creative City of Film, and Bandung, Indonesia, a Creative City of Design are coming together to organize the Santos Bandung Film Festival (SBFF) from 20 to 29 October 2017.