UNESCO Creative Cities

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UNESCO Creative Cities

The Creative Cities Network, a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) programme instituted in 2005, recognizes cities worldwide with reputations as centres of excellence in literature, film, music, crafts and folk art, design, media arts and gastronomy. The programme is intended to help creative cities share ideas on preserving and enhancing their cultural programmes. Cities in this programme can be appealing travel destinations for the traveller interested in the cities' creative speciality (and other things as well). The members of the Creative Cities Network are:


Name Country Category Year Notes
Aswan Egypt Crafts and Folk Art 2005
Dakar Senegal Media Arts 2014
Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Music 2015
Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Crafts and Folk Art 2015


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Name Country Category Year Notes
Al-Ahsa Saudi Arabia Crafts and Folk Art 2015
Ambon Indonesia Music 2019
Baghdad Iraq Literature 2015
Bamiyan Afghanistan Crafts and Folk Art 2015
Bandung Indonesia Design 2015
Beijing China Design 2012
Busan Republic of Korea Film 2014
Chengdu China Gastronomy 2010
Gaziantep Turkey Gastronomy 2015
Gwangju Republic of Korea Media Arts 2014
Hamamatsu Japan Music 2014
Hangzhou China Crafts and Folk Art 2012
Harbin China Music 2010
Icheon Republic of Korea Crafts and Folk Art 2010
Isfahan Iran Crafts and Folk Art 2015
Jaipur India Crafts and Folk Art 2015
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
Phuket Thailand Gastronomy 2015
Rasht Iran Gastronomy 2015
Sapporo Japan Media Arts 2013
Sasayama Japan Crafts and Folk Art 2015
Seoul Republic of Korea Design 2010
Shanghai China Design 2010
Shenzhen China Design 2008
Shunde China Gastronomy 2014
Singapore Singapore Design 2015
Suzhou China Crafts & Folk Arts 2014
Tel Aviv Israel Media Arts 2014
Tongyeong Republic of Korea Music 2015
Tsuruoka Japan Gastronomy 2014
Varanasi India Music 2015
Zahlé Lebanon Gastronomy 2015


Festival of lights, Lyon
Name Country Category Year Notes
Alba Italy Gastronomy 2017
Amarante Portugal Music 2017
Barcelona Spain Literature 2015
Barcelos Portugal Crafts and Folk Art 2017
Bergen Norway Gastronomy 2015
Berlin Germany Design 2005
Bilbao Spain Design 2014
Bitola North Macedonia Film 2015
Bologna Italy Music 2006
Bradford United Kingdom Film 2009
Braga Portugal Media Arts 2017
Budapest Hungary Design 2015
Burgos Spain Gastronomy 2015
Caldas da Rainha Portugal Crafts and Folk Art 2019
Dublin Ireland Literature 2010
Dundee United Kingdom Design 2014
Edinburgh United Kingdom Literature 2004
Enghien-les-Bains France Media Arts 2013
Fabriano Italy Crafts and Folk Art 2013
Galway Ireland Film 2014
Ghent Belgium Music 2009
Glasgow United Kingdom Music 2008
Granada Spain Literature 2014
Graz Austria Design 2011
Hanover Germany Music 2014
Heidelberg Germany Literature 2014
Helsinki Finland Design 2014
Idanha-a-Nova Portugal Music 2015
Katowice Poland Music 2015
Kaunas Lithuania Design 2015
Kraków Poland Literature 2013
Leiria Portugal Music 2019
Linz Austria Media Arts 2014
Liverpool United Kingdom Music 2015
Ljubljana Slovenia Literature 2015
Lviv Ukraine Literature 2015
Lyon France Media Arts 2008
Manchester United Kingdom Literature 2017
Mannheim Germany Music 2014
Norwich United Kingdom Literature 2012
Nottingham United Kingdom Literature 2015
Óbidos Portugal Literature 2015
Östersund Sweden Gastronomy 2010
Parma Italy Gastronomy 2015
Prague Czech Republic Literature 2014
Reykjavík Iceland Literature 2011
Rome Italy Film 2015
Saint-Etienne France Design 2010
Seville Spain Music 2006
Sofia Bulgaria Film 2014
Tartu Estonia Literature 2015
Turin Italy Design 2014
Ulyanovsk Russia Literature 2015
York United Kingdom Media Arts 2014

North America[edit]

Native American Pottery, Santa Fe
Name Country Category Year Notes
Austin, Texas United States Media Arts 2015
Detroit, Michigan United States Design 2015
Ensenada, Baja California Mexico Gastronomy 2015
Iowa City, Iowa United States Literature 2008
Montreal, Quebec Canada Design 2006
Paducah, Kentucky United States Crafts and Folk Art 2013
Puebla, Puebla Mexico Design 2015
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas Mexico Crafts and Folk Art 2015
Santa Fe, New Mexico United States Design, Crafts and Folk Art 2005
Tucson, Arizona United States Gastronomy 2015


Name Country Category Year Notes
Adelaide, South Australia Australia Music 2015
Dunedin, South Island New Zealand Literature 2014
Melbourne, Victoria Australia Literature 2008
Sydney, New South Wales Australia Film 2010

South America and the Caribbean[edit]

Name Country Category Year Notes
Belém Brazil Gastronomy 2015
Bogotá Colombia Music 2012
Buenos Aires Argentina Design 2005
Curitiba Brazil Design 2014
Durán Ecuador Crafts and Folk Art 2015
Florianopolis Brazil Gastronomy 2014
Jacmel Haiti Crafts and Folk Art 2014
Kingston Jamaica Music 2015
Medellín Colombia Music 2015
Montevideo Uruguay Literature 2015
Nassau Bahamas Crafts and Folk Art 2014
Popayán Colombia Gastronomy 2015
Santos Brazil Film 2015
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