55 new cities join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network on World Cities Day

UNESCO | 11 01, 2023

On World Cities Day, 55 cities join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), following their designation by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. New cities were acknowledged for their strong commitment to harnessing culture and creativity as part of their development strategies, and displaying innovative practices in human-centred urban planning. With the latest additions, the Network now counts 350 cities in more than one hundred countries, representing seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.


  31 October 2023

  The new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network are:

  Asaba – Film

  Ashgabat – Design

  Banja Luka – Music

  Battambang – Gastronomy

  Bissau – Music

  Bolzano – Music

  Bremen – Literature

  Buffalo City – Literature

  Bukhara – Crafts and Folk Art

  Bydgoszcz – Music

  Caen – Media Arts

  Caracas – Music

  Casablanca – Media Arts

  Castelo Branco – Crafts and Folk Art

  Cetinje – Design

  Chaozhou – Gastronomy

  Chiang Rai – Design

  Chongqing – Design

  Concepción – Music

  Da Lat – Music

  Fribourg – Gastronomy

  Gangneung – Gastronomy

  Granada[1] – Design

  Gwalior – Music

  Herakleion – Gastronomy

  Hobart – Literature

  Hoi An – Crafts and Folk Art

  Iasi – Literature

  Iloilo City – Gastronomy

  Ipoh – Music

  Kathmandu – Film

  Kozhikode – Literature

  Kutaisi – Literature

  Mexicali – Music

  Montecristi – Crafts and Folk Art

  Montreux – Music

  Nkongsamba – Gastronomy

  Novi Sad – Media Arts

  Okayama – Literature

  Ouarzazate – Film

  Oulu – Media Arts

  Penedo – Film

  Rio de Janeiro – Literature

  Şanlıurfa – Music

  Suphanburi – Music

  Surakarta – Crafts and Folk Art

  Taif – Literature

  Toulouse – Music

  Tukums – Literature

  Ulaanbaatar – Crafts and Folk Art

  Umngeni Howick – Crafts and Folk Art

  Valencia – Design

  Varaždin – Music

  Veliky Novgorod – Music

  Vicente Lopez – Film


The city of Lyon, Creative City of Media Arts since 2008, has been granted a status of a Creative City of Literature, following its request to change creative field.


Newly designated cities will cooperate with Network members to strengthen their resilience the face of evolving threats such as climate change, rising inequality, as well as rapid urbanization, with 68% of the world’s population projected to live in urban areas by 2050[2].


“The cities in our Creative Cities Network are leading the way when it comes to enhancing access to culture and galvanizing the power of creativity for urban resilience and development,” says Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General.


An upcoming policy paper – “The added value of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network at local, national and international level” – will testify to the leading role played by cities towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, while demonstrating ways in which UNESCO supports the UCCN members by fostering dialogue, peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.


The newly designated Creative Cities are invited to participate in the 2024 UCCN Annual Conference (1 - 5 July 2024) in Braga, Portugal, under the theme “Bringing Youth to the table for the next decade”


  [1] Granada (Nicaragua)


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