New Zealand is proud to have three designated UNESCO Creative Cities.
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 is made up of 246 cities – from across the globe – working towards a common objective of placing creativity and cultural industry at the heart of development plans locally and co-operating actively internationally.
It covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.
Dunedin became Aotearoa New Zealand’s first Creative City in 2014, when it joined the Network as a UNESCO City of Literature.