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. As of 2017, there are 180 cities from 72 countries in the network.
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. The Network recognizes the following creative fields:
- 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.
- The Network recognizes the concept of creative tourism, defined as travel associated with creative experience and participation.
Crafts and Folk Arts
|Kobe, Nagoya, Shenzhen||2008|
|Saint-Etienne, Seoul, Shanghai||2010|
|Bilbao, Helsinki, Turin, Dundee||2014|
|Bandung, Puebla, Detroit, Singapore, Kaunas||2015|
|Geelong, Kortrijk, Istanbul, Wuhan||2017|
9 cities joined this network on the occasion of World Cities’ Day as Design Cities on October 31, 2019. They are: Asahikawa (Japan), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bangkok (Thailand), Cebu City (Philippines), Fortaleza (Brazil), Hanoi (Vietnam), Muharraq (Bahrain), Potsdam (Germany) and San José (Costa Rica).
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