Creative Cities Network
Not to be confused with:
- Creative Cities, an international European project designed and managed by the British Council.
- Creative city, an urban planning concept.
- Creative City, an urban development project in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.
The Creative Cities Network is a project under the patronage of UNESCO. With the aim of celebrating and maintaining cultural diversity, the alliance formed by member cities share their experiences in promoting the local heritage, as well as discuss plans on how to cope with the influx of globalization. The Creative Cities Network aims to find and enrich a member city’s cultural identity in the midst of a growing trend towards internationalism.
The project focuses on the main product of excellence of these cities, and finds ways to maintain its relevance in city life, local economy and social development. The fields of excellence are classified among: Literature, Film, Music, Craft and Folk Art, Design, Media Arts, and Gastronomy.
Despite the general knowledge that change (towards modernity) is generated from urbanization, the Network aims to adapt and harness the proliferation of technology and social development to further a city’s product of excellence. In doing so, the city becomes a center for the protection of a past industry and its eventual preservation.
Cities currently designated as a City of Literature are:
- Edinburgh, Scotland, UK: promotional film
- Melbourne, Australia
- Iowa City, USA
- Dublin, Ireland
- Reykjavík, Iceland
- Norwich, England, UK
- Bologna, Italy
- Seville, Spain
- Glasgow, Scotland, UK
- Ghent, Belgium
- Bogotá, Colombia
- Harbin, China
Crafts and Folk Art
- Berlin, Germany
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Montreal, Canada
- Nagoya, Japan
- Kobe, Japan
- Shenzhen, China
- Seoul, South Korea
- Shanghai, China
- Graz, Austria
- Saint-Étienne, France
- Melbourne, Australia. UNESCO City of Literature.
- Dublin, Icheon, Östersund and Seoul designated as UNESCO Creative Cities, 27 July 2010.
- St-Etienne and Sydney nominated UNESCO Creative Cities , 22 November 2010.
- Bogota designated as UNESCO City of Music, 15 March 2012.
- UN recognizes China's northeastern Harbin as "Music City"
- "Jeonju's Gastronomic Greatness Recognized by UNESCO". Chosun Ilbo. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
- Shanghai and Chengdu nominated UNESCO Creative Cities, 12 March 2011.
- Graz designated as UNESCO Creative City, 14 March 2011.
Further reading and viewing
- Creative Cities Documentary
- Scott, Allen J. (2006) "Creative Cities: Conceptual Issues and Policy Questions", Journal of Urban Affairs, 28: 1–17.