Creative Cities Network

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The Creative Cities Network ( UCCN ) is a UNESCO project . It aims to celebrate and maintain cultural diversity. To this end, the member cities share their experiences in maintaining local cultural heritage and discuss plans for how they can cope with globalization .

Intention and function

The network aims to strengthen the cultural identity of the member cities, regardless of the growing trend towards internationalism.

The aim of the UNESCO program is to unite public and private partners and societies and to promote the creative economy . The international exchange should be improved and new collaborations developed. Cities that meet various criteria from the field of film and cinema can apply for this award.

The project aims to highlight a prominent aspect of the culture of these cities and finds ways in which the relevance of this cultural asset in city life, in the local economy and in social development can be increased. The aspects of culture that are taken into account in the project are: literature , film , music , folk art , design , media and gastronomy . There is a separate award for each of these aspects.

Special awards

UNESCO City of Literature

The UNESCO City of Literature is a UNESCO City of Literature award that was newly established in 2004 and is part of the new Creative Cities program . It is not to be confused with the long-standing title World Book Capital .

IraqIraq Baghdad  (2015), Barcelona  (2015), Dublin  (2010), Dunedin  (2014), Edinburgh (2004), Granada  (2014), Heidelberg  (2014), Iowa City (2008), Krakow  (2013), Ljubljana  (2015) , Lviv  (2015), Melbourne  (2008), Montevideo  (2015), Norwich  (2012), Nottingham  (2015), Óbidos  (2015), Prague  (2014), Reykjavík  (2011), Tartu  (2015), Ulyanovsk  (2015) , Seattle  (2017), Lillehammer  (2017), Quebec  (2017), Durban  (2017), Milan  (2017), Bucheon  (2017), Utrecht  (2017), Manchester  (2017). SpainSpain IrelandIreland New ZealandNew Zealand United KingdomUnited Kingdom SpainSpain GermanyGermany United StatesUnited States PolandPoland SloveniaSlovenia UkraineUkraine AustraliaAustralia UruguayUruguay United KingdomUnited Kingdom United KingdomUnited Kingdom PortugalPortugal Czech RepublicCzech Republic IcelandIceland EstoniaEstonia RussiaRussia United StatesUnited States NorwayNorway CanadaCanada South AfricaSouth Africa ItalyItaly Korea SouthSouth Korea NetherlandsNetherlands United KingdomUnited Kingdom 

Further applications are ongoing, the aim of UNESCO is to create a worldwide network of cities of literature.

UNESCO City of Film

The title UNESCO City of Film was established in 2005.

To be honored with the title, the following requirements must be met:

  • the city should have a well-developed cinematic infrastructure related to the cinema
  • there should be historical connections to the production, development and promotion of the medium of film, which are in a culturally relevant context
  • the cinematographic legacy should find its place in the city in the form of archives, museums, private collections and film (high) schools
  • the city should host film festivals, screenings and cinematographic events
  • Filmmakers and artists should have their place of birth, place of residence and / or work in this city
  • Films about the city or with it as a setting should exist, preferably made by local filmmakers

The following cities have been named UNESCO film cities so far: Bitola  (2015), Bradford  (2009), Bristol  (2017), Busan  (2014), Galway  (2014), Łódź  (2017), Mumbai  (2019), Potsdam  (2019) , Quingdao  (2017), Rome  (2015), Santos  (2015), Sarajevo  (2019), Sofia  (2014), Sydney  (2010), Terrassa  (2017), Valladolid  (2019), Wellington  (2019), Yamagata  (2017) ,
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UNESCO City of Music

AustraliaAustralia Adelaide  (2015), Bogotá  (2012), Bologna  (2006), Brazzaville  (2013), Gent  (2009), Glasgow  (2008), Hamamatsu  (2014), Hannover  (2014), Idanha-a-Nova  (2015), Katowice  (2015), Kingston  (2015), Kinshasa  (2015), Liverpool  (2015), Mannheim  (2014), Medellín  (2015), Salvador  (2015), Sevilla  (2006), Tongyeong  (2015), Varanasi  (2015) ColombiaColombia ItalyItaly Congo RepublicRepublic of the Congo BelgiumBelgium United KingdomUnited Kingdom JapanJapan GermanyGermany PortugalPortugal PolandPoland JamaicaJamaica Congo Democratic RepublicDemocratic Republic of Congo United KingdomUnited Kingdom GermanyGermany ColombiaColombia BrazilBrazil SpainSpain Korea SouthSouth Korea IndiaIndia 

UNESCO City of Crafts & Folk Art

Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia Al-Ahsa  (2015), Aswan  (2005), Bamiyan  (2015), Durán  (2015), Fabriano  (2013), Hangzhou  (2012), Icheon  (2010), Isfahan  (2015), Jacmel  (2014), Jaipur  (2015 ), Jingdezhen  (2014), Kanazawa  (2009), Limoges  (2017), Lubumbashi  (2015), Nassau  (2014), Paducah KY  (2013), Pekalongan  (2014), San Cristóbal de las Casas  (2015), Santa Fe  ( 2005), Sasayama  (2015), Suzhou  (2014) EgyptEgypt AfghanistanAfghanistan EcuadorEcuador ItalyItaly China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China Korea SouthSouth Korea IranIran HaitiHaiti IndiaIndia China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China JapanJapan FranceFrance Congo Democratic RepublicDemocratic Republic of Congo BahamasBahamas United StatesUnited States IndonesiaIndonesia MexicoMexico United StatesUnited States JapanJapan China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China 

UNESCO City of Design

IndonesiaIndonesia Bandung  (2015), Beijing  (2012), Berlin  (2005), Bilbao  (2014), Budapest  (2015), Buenos Aires  (2005), Curitiba  (2014), Detroit  (2015), Dundee  (2014), Graz , (2011 ) Helsinki  (2014), Kaunas  (2015), Kobe  (2008), Montréal  (2006), Nagoya  (2008), Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza  (2015), Saint-Etienne  (2010), Seoul  (2010), Shanghai  (2010) , Shenzhen  (2008), Singapore  (2015), Turin  (2014) China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China GermanyGermany SpainSpain HungaryHungary ArgentinaArgentina BrazilBrazil United StatesUnited States United KingdomUnited Kingdom AustriaAustria FinlandFinland LithuaniaLithuania JapanJapan CanadaCanada JapanJapan MexicoMexico FranceFrance Korea SouthSouth Korea China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China SingaporeSingapore ItalyItaly 

UNESCO City of Media Arts

United StatesUnited States Austin  (2015), Dakar  (2014), Enghien-les-Bains  (2013), Gwangju  (2014), Linz  (2014) Lyon  (2008), Sapporo  (2013), Tel Aviv-Yafo  (2014), York  (2014) Karlsruhe  (2019) SenegalSenegal FranceFrance Korea SouthSouth Korea AustriaAustria FranceFrance JapanJapan IsraelIsrael United KingdomUnited Kingdom GermanyGermany 

UNESCO City of Gastronomy

BrazilBrazil Belém  (2015), Bergen  (2015), Burgos  (2015), Chengdu  (2010), Dénia  (2015), Ensenada  (2015), Florianópolis  (2014), Gaziantep  (2015) Jeonju  (2012), Östersund  (2010), Parma  (2015), Phuket  (2015), Popayán  (2005), Rasht  (2015), Shunde  (2014), Tsuruoka  (2014), Tucson  (2015), Zahlé  (2013), NorwayNorway SpainSpain China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China SpainSpain MexicoMexico BrazilBrazil TurkeyTurkey Korea SouthSouth Korea SwedenSweden ItalyItaly ThailandThailand ColombiaColombia IranIran China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China JapanJapan United StatesUnited States LebanonLebanon 

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Dublin: UNESCO City of Literature ( Memento of the original dated August 1, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh, UK ( Memento of the original from April 8, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. ^ Website of the German UNESCO Commission on the Creative Cities Network
  4. known from the Writers Workshop
  5. a b UNESCO The Creative Cities: Melbourne joins Edinburgh as 2nd City of Literature ( Memento of the original from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  6. Kraków joins UNESCO Cities of Literature
  7. Prague joins UNESCO Creative Cities Network
  8. ^ Reykjavík: UNESCO City of Literature
  9. UNESCO declares Seattle a City of Literature , The Seattle Time, October 31, 2017
  10. 64 cities join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network , (accessed November 2, 2017)
  11. UNESCO Creative Cities Network , (accessed June 22, 2019)
  12. Application.
  13. ^ Linz - UNESCO City of Media Arts. ,