UNESCO Creative Cities

When Melbourne, Berlin, Östersund, Nagoya, Seville, Lyon, Shenzhen and Graz are mentioned in the same vein, they are referred to as partner cities in the global network of UNESCO Creative Cities. To date, the network consists of over 100 cities in 7 centres of creativity: design, craft and folkart, literature, media art, music, film and gastronomy. Nominations are pronounced for an unlimited period and are non-competitive. They highlight outstanding qualities of the nominated cities.

Creative Cities have one key skill that distinguishes them from other cities of their nation and that connects them to their global partner cities. Generally cities in the Creative Cities network have a significant cultural heritage and a strong and diversified present creative scene.
By building this network of cities with their common focus on creativity, UNESCO therefore seeks to facilitate and promote exchanges of best practices and know-how among them and, as a result, help spur their development via international networking.

 

 

At present, the members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network are:

 

 

Cities of Craft & Folk Art: 


Al-Ahsa
, Saudi-Arabia | Aswan, Egypt | Baguio City, Philippines | Bamiyan, Afghanistan | Barcelos, Portugal | Cairo, Egypt | Carrara, Italy | Chiang Mai, Thailand | Chordeleg, Ecuador | Durán, Ecuador | Fabriano, Italy | Gabrovo, Bulgaria | Hangzhou, China | Icheon, South Korea | Jacmel, Haiti | Jaipur, India | Jingdezhen, China | João Pessoa, Brazil | Kanazawa, Japan | Kütahya, Turkey | Limoges, France | Lubumbashi, Kongo | Madaba, Jordan | Nassau, USA | Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | Paducah, USA | Pekalongan, Indonesia | Porto-Novo, Benin | Santa Fe, USA | San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico | Sasayama, Japan | Sheki, Azerbaijan | Sokodé, Togo | Suzhou, China | Tétouan, Morocco | Tunis, Tunisia

 

 

Cities of Design:


Bandung
, Indonesia | Beijing, China | Berlin, Germany | Bilbao, Spain | Brasilia, Brasil | Budapest, Hungary | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Cape Town, South Africa | Curitiba, Brasil | Detroit, USA | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Dundee, Scotland | Greater Geelong, Australia | Graz, Austira | Helsinki, Finland | Istanbul, Turkey | Kaunas, Lithuania | Kobe, Japan | Kolding, Denmark | Kortrijk, Belgium | Mexico City, Mexico | Montréal, Canada | Nagoya, Japan   | Puebla, Mexico | Saint-Étienne, France | Seoul, South Korea | Shenzhen, China | Shanghai, China | Singapore, Singapore | Torino, Italy | Wuhan, China

 

 

Cities of Film: 


Bitola
, Mazedonia | Bradford, UK | Bristol, UK | Busan, South Korea | Galway, Ireland | Lódz, Poland | Qingdao, China | Rome, Italy | Santos, Brasilia | Sofia, Bulgaria | Sydney, Australia  | Terrassa, Spain | Yamagata City, Japan

 

 

Cities of Gastronomy:


Alba
, Italy | Belém, Brasil | Bergen, Norway | Buenaventura, Colombia | Burgos, Spain | Chengdu, China | Cochabamba, Bolivia | Dénia, Spain | Ensenada, Mexiko | Florianopolis, Brazil | Gaziantep, Turkey | Hatay, Turkey | Jeonju, South Korea | Macao, China | Östersund, Sweden | Panama City, Panama | Paraty, Brasil | Parma, Italy | Popayan, Colombia | Phuket, Thailand | Rasht, Iran | San Antonio, USA | Shunde, China | Tsuruoka, Japan | Tucson, USA | Zahlé, Lebanon 

 

 

Cities of Literature:


Dublin
, Ireland | Dunedin, New Zealand | Edinburgh, Scottland | Granada, Spain | Heidelberg, Germany | Iowa City, USA | Kraków, Poland | Melbourne, Australia | Norwich, UK | Prague, Czech Republic | Reykjavik, Iceland 

 

 

Cities of Media Arts:


Austin
, USA | Braga, Portugal | Changsha, China | Daka, Ghana | Enghien-les-Bains, France | Guadalajara, Mexico | Gwangju, South Korea | Košice, Slovakia | Linz, Austria | Lyon, France | Sapporo, Japan | Tel-Aviv-Yafo, Israel | Toronto, Canada | York, England

 


Cities of Music:


Adelaide
, Australia | Almaty, Kazakhstan | Amarante, Portugal | Auckland, New Zealand | Bogota, Colombia | Bologna, Italy | Brazzaville, Rep. of Congo | Brno, Czechia | Chennai, India | Daegu Metropolitan City, Korea | Frutillar, Chile | Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal | Glasgow, Scottland | Gent, Belgium | Hamamatsu, Japan | Hanover, Germany | Kansas City, USA | Katowitz, Poland | Kingston, Jamaica | Kinshasa, Kongo | Liverpool, England | Mannheim, Germany | Medelín, Columbia | Morelia, Mexico | Norrköping, Sweden | Pesaro, Italy | Praia, Cabo Verde | Salvador, Brasil | Seville, Spain | Tongyeong, South Korea | Varansi, India

 

For further information please visit www.unesco.org and www.designcities.net.