Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan province, is the cultural capital of Kurdistan.
With a population of around 500.000 in 2016, it is the second most populated Kurdish city in Iran. Some ancient artifacts that were found in this historic city date back to 6,000 years ago.
About 400 years ago, Sanandaj was the center of Ardalan reign, the long-lasting and the most powerful local government of Kurds throughout history.
Some very picturesque and historic monuments of the past history of this city have been preserved.
Sanandaj has a long history of peaceful coexistence with different religions, and cultural tolerance is reflected in people’s lives and customs.
The city has an area of about 2.906 km and is located in the middle of Zagros Mountains and pla
ins in western Iran.
Sanandaj is an immigrant-friendly city and most of its population are actively involved in providing services.
In addition, handicrafts, including crafting musical instruments, and in villages around the city, animal husbandry and crop production are prevalent.
The city is administered by a City Council whose members are elected by direct people’s vote and are in the office for 4 years.
The Municipality is responsible for implementing the Council’s decisions in urban management. The shared strategy of the authorities and the people is to move toward investing and development of music and its related arts. For various reasons, Sanandaj is less known globally, and its designation as a Creative City of Music will be an opportunity to introduce the city’s potentials to the world and contribute to its development.