Creative Cities Network

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The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a project of UNESCO launched in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities which recognized creativity as a major factor in their urban development.[1][2][3] As of 2017, there are 180 cities from 72 countries in the network. As of 2021 there are a total number of 295 creative cities from 90 countries in the world.[4]

The network aims to foster mutual international cooperation with and between member cities committed to invest in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.[5] The Network recognizes the following creative fields:[1]

  • 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.[6]
  • The Network recognizes the concept of creative tourism, defined as travel associated with creative experience and participation.[7]

Film[edit]

Literature[edit]

Music[edit]

Crafts and Folk Arts[edit]

Design[edit]

UNESCO's Design Cities project is part of the wider Creative Cities Network. To be approved as a Design City, cities need to meet a number of criteria set by UNESCO.[8] The Design Cities are:[9]

Year Inscriptions Cities Reference
2005 1 Buenos Aires [10]
2006 2 Berlin, Montreal [11][12]
2008 3 Kobe, Nagoya, Shenzhen [13][14][15]
2010 3 Saint-Etienne, Seoul, Shanghai [16][17][18]
2011 1 Graz [19]
2012 1 Beijing
2014 5 Bilbao, Helsinki, Turin, Dundee, Curitiba [20][21][22][23]
2015 5 Bandung, Detroit, Puebla, Singapore, Kaunas
2017 4 Geelong, Kortrijk, Istanbul, Wuhan
2019 9 Asahikawa (Japan), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bangkok (Thailand), Cebu City (Philippines), Fortaleza (Brazil), Hanoi (Vietnam), Muharraq (Bahrain), Querétaro (Mexico) and San José (Costa Rica) [24]

Gastronomy[edit]

Media Arts[edit]

York (UK) became a UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts in 2014.[25]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Macdonald, Moira (31 October 2017). "UNESCO declares Seattle a City of Literature". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ "UCCN today: 116 Cities in 54 countries | Creative Cities Network". en.unesco.org. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  6. ^ "Reporting & monitoring", a UCCN webpage
  7. ^ OECD Studies on Tourism Tourism and the Creative Economy, 2014, ISBN 9264207872, p. 83
  8. ^ "The Creative Cities Network - A Global Platform for Local Endeavour" (PDF). UNESCO. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  9. ^ "Design Cities". Cities of Design Network. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  10. ^ "Buenos Aires". UNESCO. Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  11. ^ "Berlin}". UNESCO. Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  12. ^ "Montreal". UNESCO. Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  13. ^ "Nagoya". UNESCO. Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  14. ^ "Shenzhen".
  15. ^ "Kobe".
  16. ^ "Saint-Etienne".
  17. ^ "Seoul".
  18. ^ "Shanghai".
  19. ^ "Graz".
  20. ^ "Helsinki".
  21. ^ "Torino". Archived from the original on 2019-07-23.
  22. ^ "Bilbao".
  23. ^ "Curitiba".
  24. ^ "UNESCO celebrates World Cities Day designating 66 new Creative Cities". UNESCO. 2019-10-30. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  25. ^ "York | Creative Cities Network". en.unesco.org. Retrieved 2019-11-09.

External links[edit]

Official website