At the end of the 2018-19 evaluation process, UNESCO has designated as Creative Cities Alba, Carrara, Milan and Pesaro. The four Italian cities thus join the international network of UNESCO Creative Cities in the fields of gastronomy (Alba), crafts (Carrara), literature (Milan) and music (Pesaro).
64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by Director-General, Irina Bokova. They join a Network at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development. This network attracts growing interest from local authorities.
“These new designations showcase an enhanced diversity in city profiles and geographical balance, with 19 cities from countries not previously represented in the Network” declared the Director-General. She added, “The cooperation framework proposed to foster candidate cities from the Africa region – a UNESCO Global Priority – has been a true success with 9 African cities now joining the Network.”
The new 64 UNESCO Creative Cities are:
The new Creative Cities of Music (12)
Auckland (New Zealand)
Daegu Metropolitan City (Republic of Korea)
Kansas City (United States of America)
Praia (Cabo Verde)
The new Creative Cities of Literature (8)
Bucheon (South Korea)
Durban (South Africa)
Québec City (Canada)
The new Creative Cities of Film (5)
Bristol (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Yamagata City (Japan)
The new Creative Cities of Crafts and Folk Art (17)
Baguio City (Philippines)
Chiang Mai (Thailand)
João Pessoa (Brazil)
Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
The new Creative Cities of Design (9)
Cape Town (South Africa)
Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
[City of] Greater Geelong (Australia)
Mexico City (Mexico)
The new Creative Cities of Media Arts (5)
The new Creative Cities of Gastronomy (8)
Cochabamba (Bolivia [Plurinational State of])
Hatay Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey)
Macao Special Administrative Region, China (Associate Member, UNESCO)
Panama City (Panama)
San Antonio (United States of America)
To join the network cities must prepare a bid which showcases their strength in their chosen art form and their plans for growth and development, in line with the strategic mission of the network. Bids must be supported by the country’s National Commission. Bids are assessed every two years jointly by the designated cities and UNESCO. The designations are permanent but are monitored and reviewed every four years by UNESCO.
Since 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network highlights its members’ creativity within seven fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.
It now counts a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.
While differing geographically, demographically or economically, all Creative Cities commit to develop and exchange innovative best 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 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda, the Network provides a platform for cities to demonstrate culture’s role as an enabler for building sustainable cities.
The next Annual Meeting of the Creative Cities Network is scheduled to take place in Krakow and Katowice (Poland) in June 2018.
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