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December 11, 2015

47 cities join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network



Photo: Starstruck. Austin, Texas. Austin has just been designated UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts. Photographer, Image Credit & Copyright © Thomas Hawk.

Paris, 11 December 2015 - UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, has announced the designation of 47 cities from 33 countries as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The results of this year’s Call bears witness to the Network’s enhanced diversity and geographical representation with 22 cities from countries not previously represented.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network has welcomed the following cities within its seven creative fields (Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music):

  1. Adelaide (Australia) - Music
  2. Al-Ahsa (Saudi Arabia) - Crafts and Folk Art
  3. Austin (United States of America) - Media Arts
  4. Baghdad (Iraq) - Literature
  5. Bamiyan (Afghanistan) - Crafts and Folk Art
  6. Bandung (Indonesia) - Design
  7. Barcelona (Spain) - Literature
  8. Belem (Brazil) - Gastronomy
  9. Bergen (Norway) - Gastronomy
  10. Bitola (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) - Film
  11. Budapest (Hungary) - Design
  12. Burgos (Spain) - Gastronomy
  13. Denia (Spain) - Gastronomy
  14. Detroit (United States of America) - Design
  15. Duran (Ecuador) - Crafts and Folk Art
  16. Ensenada (Mexico) - Gastronomy
  17. Gaziantep (Turkey) - Gastronomy
  18. Idanha-a-Nova (Portugal) - Music
  19. Isfahan (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) - Crafts and Folk Art
  20. Jaipur (India) - Crafts and Folk Art
  21. Katowice (Poland) - Music
  22. Kaunas (Lithuania) - Design
  23. Kingston (Jamaica) - Music
  24. Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) - Music
  25. Liverpool (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Music
  26. Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Literature
  27. Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of the Congo) - Crafts and Folk Art
  28. Lviv (Ukraine) - Literature
  29. Medellín (Colombia) - Music
  30. Montevideo (Uruguay) - Literature
  31. Nottingham (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Literature
  32. Obidos (Portugal) - Literature
  33. Parma (Italy) - Gastronomy
  34. Phuket (Thailand) - Gastronomy
  35. Puebla (Mexico) - Design
  36. Rasht (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) - Gastronomy
  37. Rome (Italy) - Film
  38. Salvador (Brazil) - Music
  39. San Cristobal de las Casas (Mexico) - Crafts and Folk Art
  40. Santos (Brazil) - Film
  41. Sasayama (Japan) - Crafts and Folk Art
  42. Singapore (Singapore) - Design
  43. Tartu (Estonia) - Literature
  44. Tongyeong (Republic of Korea) - Music
  45. Tucson (United States of America) - Gastronomy
  46. Ulyanovsk (Russian Federation) - Literature
  47. Varanasi (India) - Music

For the very first time, two Indian cities — Varanasi and Jaipur — have joined UNESCO Creative Cities Network. This is a historic first for India in this elite global compact.

Launched in 2004, the Network now comprises 116 cities worldwide. It aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.

By joining the Network, cities commit to collaborate and develop partnerships with a view to promoting creativity and cultural industries, to share best practices, to strengthen participation in cultural life, and to integrate culture in economic and social development strategies and plans.

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