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The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a project of UNESCO launched in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities which recognized creativity as a major factor in their urban development.[1][2][3] As of 2017, there are 180 cities from 72 countries in the network.[4]

The network aims to foster mutual international cooperation with and between member cities committed to invest in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.[5] The Network recognizes the following creative fields:[1]

The overall situation and activities within the Network is reported in the UCCN Membership Monitoring Reports, each for a 4-year period for a particular city.[6]

The Network recognizes the concept of creative tourism, defined as travel associated with creative experience and participation.[7]




Crafts and Folk ArtsEdit



Media ArtsEdit


  1. ^ a b "What is the Creative Cities Network ?", a UNESCO webpage
  2. ^ Creative Cities Network homepage
  3. ^ Inequalities in Creative Cities: Issues, Approaches, Comparisons, 2016, ISBN 1349951153 p. 241
  4. ^ Macdonald, Moira (31 October 2017). "UNESCO declares Seattle a City of Literature". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ "UCCN today: 116 Cities in 54 countries | Creative Cities Network". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  6. ^ "Reporting & monitoring", a UCCN webpage
  7. ^ OECD Studies on Tourism Tourism and the Creative Economy, 2014, ISBN 9264207872, p. 83

External linksEdit

Official website