UNESCO Creative Cities

The Global Alliance's Creative Cities Network, a UNESCO program instituted in 2005, recognizes cities world-wide with reputations as centers of excellence in literature, film, music, crafts and folk art, design, media arts and gastronomy. The program is intended to help creative cities share ideas on preserving and enhancing their cultural programs. Needless to say, cities in this program can also be appealing travel destinations for the traveller interested in the cities' creative speciality (and other things as well). Current members of the Creative Cities Network are:


Name Country Category Year Notes
Aswan Egypt Crafts and Folk Art 2005
Dakar Senegal Media Arts 2014


Jeonju bibimbap
Name Country Category Year Notes
Beijing China Design 2012
Busan Republic of Korea Film 2014
Chengdu China Gastronomy 2010
Gwangju Republic of Korea Media Arts 2014
Hamamatsu Japan Music 2014
Hangzhou China Crafts and Folk Art 2012
Harbin China Music 2010
Incheon Republic of Korea Crafts and Folk Art 2010
Jeonju Republic of Korea Gastronomy 2012
Jingdezhen China Crafts & Folk Arts 2014
Kanazawa Japan Crafts and Folk Art 2009
Kobe Japan Design 2008
Nagoya Japan Design 2008
Pekalongan Indonesia Crafts & Folk Arts 2014
Seoul Republic of Korea Design 2010
Shanghai China Design 2010
Shenzhen China Design 2008
Shunde China Gastronomy 2014
Suzhou China Crafts & Folk Arts 2014
Tel Aviv Israel Media Arts 2014
Tsuruoka Japan Gastronomy 2014


Festival of lights, Lyon
Name Country Category Year Notes
Berlin Germany Design 2005
Bilbao Spain Design 2014
Bologna Italy Music 2006
Bradford United Kingdom Film 2009
Dublin Ireland Literature 2010
Dundee United Kingdom Design 2014
Edinburgh United Kingdom Literature 2004
Galway Ireland Film 2014
Ghent Belgium Music 2009
Glasgow United Kingdom Music 2008
Granada Spain Literature 2014
Graz Austria Design 2011
Hannover Germany Music 2014
Heidelberg Germany Literature 2014
Helsinki Finland Design 2014
Linz Austria Media Arts 2014
Lyon France Media Arts 2008
Mannheim Germany Music 2014
Norwich United Kingdom Literature 2012
Östersund Sweden Gastronomy 2010
Prague Czech Republic Literature 2014
Saint-Etienne France Design 2010
Seville Spain Music 2006
Sofia Bulgaria Film 2014
Turin Italy Design 2014
York United Kingdom Media Arts 2014

North America

Native American Pottery, Santa Fe
Name Country Category Year Notes
Iowa City United States of America Literature 2008
Montreal Canada Design 2006
Santa Fe United States of America Design, Crafts and Folk Art 2005


Name Country Category Year Notes
Melbourne Australia Literature 2008
Sydney Australia Film 2010

South America

Name Country Category Year Notes
Bogotá Colombia Music 2012
Buenos Aires Argentina Design 2005
Curitiba Brazil Design 2014
Florianopolis Brazil Gastronomy 2014
Jacmel Haiti Crafts & Folk Arts 2014
Nassau Bahamas Crafts & Folk Arts 2014
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