UNESCO Creative Cities Network

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.

The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.

In 2014, Dunedin became New Zealand’s first city to be appointed to the Creative Cities network as a UNESCO City of Literature.

While the final deadline for applications is 16 June 2017, New Zealand nominations need to be submitted through the NZ National Commission. To discuss your city's eligibility, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 28 April.