Rabat – The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) has announced the launch of the “ISESCO Award for Best Cultural Projects of Capitals of Islamic Culture.”
The award aims at enhancing the efforts geared towards boosting cultural activity in the celebrated capitals of Islamic culture and encouraging creativity and innovation in cultural projects, said ISESCO in a press release. These strides are in accord with the relevant resolution of the 10th Islamic Conference of the Culture Ministers, held in the Republic of Sudan in 2017.
The ICESCO Award intends to encourage outstanding cultural works by creative individuals and institutions in different cultural fields, highlighting participatory management of cultural projects, and the pivotal importance of the cultural dimension in urban policies and plans. It also aims to prompt the incorporation of services in the culture and heritage sectors, for the socioeconomic development of Islamic culture capitals.
Cultural projects nominated for the Award are required to have genuine and innovative conceptualization and implementation mechanisms;
Be comprehensive and coherent with their components and their urban and socioeconomic development sectors;
Engage civil society leaders including the youth, women, elected representatives and the private sector in their conceptualization and implementation;
Employ ICTs in their implementation; publicize their knowledge as well as their urban, touristic, economic and environmental potentials;
Draw inspiration from Islamic cultural values that promote coexistence, social peace, democracy, and principles of human rights and respect for pluralism.
The competent party in the celebrated capital of Islamic culture shall be in charge of announcing this Award at the launch of the celebration, determine its nomination standards and requirements in light of the criteria set by ISESCO for the nominated cultural project, and compose a jury to select the best cultural project for the benefit of its own nation.