The UNESCO Creative Cities Network has grown to 69 cities with the addition of 28 new cities across the seven thematic areas. Of those 28, four are new Cities of Literature:
Prague, Czech Republic
Dunedin, New Zealand
They join existing Cities of Literature Edinburgh, Scotland; Melbourne, Australia; Iowa City; Dublin, Ireland; Norwich, England; and Krakow Poland.
Other cities newly named to the network are:
Design: Bilbao (Spain), Curitiba (Brazil), Dundee (UK), Helsinki (Finland), Turin (Italy)
Film: Busan (Republic of Korea), Galway (Ireland), Sofia (Bulgaria)
Media Arts: Dakar (Senegal), Gwangju (Republic of Korea), Linz (Austria), Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel), York (UK)
Gastronomy: Florianopolis (Brazil), Shunde (China), Tsuruoka (Japan)
Music: Hamamatsu (Japan), Hanover (Germany), Mannheim (Germany)
Crafts & Folk Arts: Jacmel (Haiti), Jingdezhen (China), Nassau (Bahamas), Pekalongan (Indonesia), Suzhou (China)
Iowa City; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Paducah, Kentucky, remain the only Creative Cities Network members in the United States.
“The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is a tremendous tool for cooperation, it reflects our commitment to support an amazing creative and innovative potential to broaden the avenues of sustainable development,” said UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova.
By joining the Network, cities commit to collaborate and develop partnerships with a view to promoting creativity and cultural industries, to share best practices, to strengthen participation in cultural life, and to integrate culture in economic and social development plans.
The Network covers seven thematic areas: Craft and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music. It aims to promote international cooperation and encourage the sharing of experiences and resources in order to promote local development through culture and creativity.