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Creative Cities Network

The Creative Cities Network seeks to develop international cooperation among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable development, in the framework of partnerships including the public and private sectors, professional organizations, communities, civil society and cultural institutions in all regions of the world. The Creative Cities Network facilitates the sharing of experience, knowledge, and resources among the member cities as a means to promote the development of local creative industries and to foster worldwide cooperation for sustainable urban development. The Creative Cities Network consists of 7 different Creative Fields, which are: Literature, Design, Crafts and Folk Art, Film, Music, Media Arts and Gastronomy. The members of the network are centers of excellence in their field and support each other in their activities.

For further information on the Creative Cities Network please visit www.unesco.org.


Creative Cities Web-Platform

This subnetwork communication platform of the 49 UNESCO Cities of Design aims to visualize its globally engaged network. At the Design Cities Meeting in Chengdu (China) in September 2014, the Cities of Design collectively decided to start a Communication and sub-network Platform for the UNESCO Cities of Design named DESIGNCITIES.NEThttp://www.designcities.net. It is an international channel into and out of our Cities of Design, displaying our design landscape. It is also a network node for a lively and permanent presence of design with innovational strength and high quality. The website should be regarded as a service to your local designers, labels and companies. To the cities within the network and their partner institutions, it is a hub and an access point for design in an international network. The aims and benefits of the website to the international network of the Cities of Design are:


  • Visualization of the global design network
  • Presentation of each City of Design
  • Newsroom for internationally relevant projects, activities, events, calls, etc.
  • Increased communication & linking of the cities
  • Access to all cities through Landing Points
  • Availability of the official COD representatives in the single cities
  • Common calendar of events for better coordination/planning
  • Common calendar of events for better information


On the website, the CODs can display those projects and contents that are important and relevant for the international network – on the one hand, to highlight the diversity and dimension of the network, and on the other hand, to guarantee a good and quick overview of the activities – from the Design Weeks to examples of best practice and calls, competitions, etc.


Organization Cities of Design


Cindy Lee
E: wuhan_design@yeah.net


Annie Marrs
E: annie.marrs@vandadundee.org


How to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Netwok (2023)


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