Creative Cities Network

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The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was a project of UNESCO launched in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities which recognized creativity as a major factor in their urban development. As of 2017, there are 116 cities from 54 countries in the network.[1][2][3]

The Network recognizes the following creative fields:[1]

  • Crafts and Folk Arts
  • Media Arts
  • Film
  • Design
  • Gastronomy
  • Literature
  • Music

The overall situation and activities within the Network is reported in the UCCN Membership Monitoring Reports, each for a 4-year period for a particular city.[4]

The Network recognizes the concept of creative tourism, defined as travel associated with creative experience and participation.[5]


  1. ^ a b "What is the Creative Cities Network ?", a UNESCO webpage
  2. ^ Creative Cities Network homepage
  3. ^ Inequalities in Creative Cities: Issues, Approaches, Comparisons, 2016, ISBN 1349951153 p. 241
  4. ^ "Reporting & monitoring", a UCCN webpage
  5. ^ OECD Studies on Tourism Tourism and the Creative Economy, 2014, ISBN 9264207872, p. 83