UNESCO Creative Cities Network

One of the 'Poems on Steps' projects, initiated by Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature to transform steps around the city.

One of the ‘Poems on Steps’ projects, initiated by Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature to transform steps around the city.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created in 2004.

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.

New Zealand is proud to have three designated UNESCO Creative Cities:

Dunedin became New Zealand’s first Creative City in 2014, when it was appointed to the Creative Cities network as a UNESCO City of Literature.

In 2017, Auckland, was accepted as a UNESCO City of Music and in 2020, New Zealand’s third creative city was recognised when Wellington was designated a UNESCO City of Film.

 

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