UNESCO Creative Cities Network

In June 2006, Montréal was officially designated a UNESCO City of Design, joining the Creative Cities Network established by UNESCO in 2004.

Creative industries are at the core of efforts to sustain cultural diversity. By building this network of cities that have creativity in common, 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.

“Nowadays, more than half of the world population lives in cities. The concept of ‘Creative Cities’ is based on the belief that culture can play an important role in urban renewal. Policy-makers are increasingly taking account of the role of creativity when planning economic policy.” (Source: UNESCO)

To date, the Network consists of 69 member cities in seven centres of creativity:

MEDIA ARTS

  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Enghien-les-Bains, France
  • Gwangju, Republic of Korea
  • Linz, Austria
  • Lyon, France
  • Sapporo, Japan
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • York, United Kingdom

CRAFTS & FOLK ART

  • Aswan, Egypt
  • Fabriano, Italy
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Icheon, China
  • Jacmel, Haiti
  • Jingdezhen, China
  • Kanazawa, Japan
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Paducah, U.S.A.
  • Pekalongan, Indonesia
  • Santa Fe, U.S.A.
  • Suzhou, China

FILM

  • Bradford, UK
  • Busan, Republic of Korea
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Sidney, Australia
  • Sofia, Bulgaria

DESIGN

GASTRONOMY

  • Chengdu, China
  • Florianopolis, Brazil
  • Jeonju, South Korea
  • Östersund, Sweden
  • Popayan, Colombia
  • Shunde, China
  • Tsuruoka, Japan
  • Zahlé, Lebanon

LITERATURE

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Granada, Spain
  • Iowa City, U.S.A.
  • Heidelberg, Germany
  • Kraków, Poland
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Norwich, United Kingdom
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Reykjavik, Iceland

MUSIC

  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Bologna, Italy
  • Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • Ghent, Belgium
  • Hamamatsu, Japan
  • Hanover, Germany
  • Mannheim, Germany
  • Seville, Spain


 

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