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.