UNESCO Creative Cities

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64 cities in 44 countries have been designated UNESCO Creative Cities by Director-General Irina Bokova. They join a Network designed by UNESCO to put innovation and creativity at the heart of new urban strategies for more sustainable and inclusive development. This network is attracting growing interest from local authorities.
 
« Che new designations reflect a greater diversity in city typologies and a better geographical balance, with 19 cities from countries hitherto unrepresented in the Network", said the Executive Director. "The cooperation framework set up to encourage applications from cities in the Africa region - a global priority for UNESCO - has also borne fruit, with nine African cities joining the Network", she added.
 
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network, created in 2004, highlights the creativity of its members in seven areas: crafts and popular arts, digital arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature and music. It now has a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.
 
Beyond geographical, demographic or economic differences, Creative Cities are committed to developing and exchanging innovative good practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies.
 
Within the framework of the implementation of the United Nations Programme for Sustainable Development up to 2030 and the New Cities Agenda, the Network offers a platform for cities to illustrate the role of culture as a lever for building sustainable cities.
 
The next Annual Meeting of the Creative Cities Network will be held in Krakow and Katowice (Poland) in June 2018.
 
 
UNESCO's 64 new Creative Cities are :
 
- Alba (Italy) - Gastronomy
- Almaty (Kazakhstan) - Music
- Amarante (Portugal) - Music
- Auckland (New Zealand) - Music
- Baguio (Philippines) - Handicrafts and Folk Art
- Barcelos (Portugal) - Crafts and popular arts
- Braga (Portugal) - Digital Arts
- Brasilia (Brazil) - Design
- Bristol (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Film
- Brno (Czech Republic) - Music
- Bucheon (Republic of Korea) - Literature
- Buenaventura (Colombia) - Gastronomy
- Cairo (Egypt) - Handicrafts and Folk Arts
- Cape Town (South Africa) - Design
- Carrara (Italy) - Crafts and popular arts
- Changsha (China) - Digital Arts
- Chennai (India) - Music
- Chiangmai (Thailand) - Handicrafts and Folk Arts
- Chordeleg (Ecuador) - Handicrafts and popular arts
- Cochabamba (Bolivia [Plurinational State of]) - Gastronomy
- Daegu (Republic of Korea) - Music
- Dubai (United Arab Emirates) - Design
- Durban (South Africa) - Literature
- Frutillar (Chile) - Music
- Gabrovo (Bulgaria) - Handicraft and Folk Art
- [City of] Grand Geelong (Australia) - Design
- Guadalajara (Mexico) - Digital Arts
- Hatay (Turkey) - Gastronomy
- Istanbul (Turkey) - Design
- João Pessoa (Brazil) - Crafts and popular arts
- Kansas City (United States of America) - Music
- Kolding (Denmark) - Design
- Kortrijk (Belgium) - Design
- Košice (Slovakia) - Digital Arts
- Kütahya (Turkey) - Handicrafts and Folk Art
- Lillehammer (Norway) - Literature
- Limoges (France) - Crafts and popular arts
- Łódź (Poland) - Film
- Macao [Special Administrative Region of], China (Associate Member of UNESCO) - Gastronomy
- Madaba (Jordan) - Handicrafts and popular arts
- Manchester (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Literature
- Mexico City (Mexico) - Design
- Milan (Italy) - Literature
- Morelia (Mexico) - Music
- Norrköping (Sweden) - Music
- Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) - Handicrafts and popular arts
- Panama (Panama) - Gastronomy
- Paraty (Brazil) - Gastronomy
- Pesaro (Italy) - Music
- Porto-Novo (Benin) - Crafts and popular arts
- Praia (Cabo Verde) - Music
- Qingdao (China) - Movie
- City of] Quebec, Canada - Literature
- San Antonio (United States of America) - Gastronomy
- Seattle (United States of America) - Literature
- Sheki (Azerbaijan) - Handicrafts and Folk Art
- Sokodé (Togo) - Crafts and popular arts
- Terrassa (Spain) - Movie
- Tetouan (Morocco) - Handicrafts and popular arts
- Toronto (Canada) - Digital Arts
- Tunis (Tunisia) - Handicrafts and popular arts
- Utrecht (Netherlands) - Literature
- Wuhan (China) - Design
- Yamagata (Japan) - Movie
 
 
Photo: Montreal - Canada
(Source: CP UNESCO)

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