UNESCO Creative Cities (Shanghai) Promotion Office
Room 805, South Tower, Yintong Building
No. 988 Ding Xi Road, Shanghai, 200050, P.R. China
Jin PAN (Focal Point)
T: +86 21 62470109
Creative and Design related Educational institutions: 64 universities
Economic, Financial, Trade and Shipping Center of China
Renowned Tourist Destination & Historical Cultural City
Located on the west coast of the Pacific Ocean, east of China and the front end of the Yangtze River Delta, Shanghai is the largest commercial and financial center and leading economy city of China with an area of 6,340.5 km2 and population of 241.8 million inhabitants. Recognized internationally for its mixture of Western and Eastern cultures, Shanghai has the history for the first creative industry units as the first design studio of China, the first film studio and music studio etc.
On February 2010, Shanghai joined UNESCO Creative Cities Network as “City of Design”, which represents its strong determination to improve design performance and innovation. Creativity is crucial for sustainable and inclusive economic growth while design is a significant tool to drive economic and consumption stimulations. Since then, Shanghai Municipal Government has set up a strategic framework, a systematic public platforms to build private and public partnership, a series of policies for establishing initiatives to promoting design as an important driven factor for improving added value for the industry development and social sustainability. Shanghai set up the UNESCO Creative Cities (Shanghai) Promotion Office within the framework of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization in 2010. It is the leading government organization to promote sustainable urban development; to coordinate and promote the development of the creative design industries in Shanghai and the construction of “city of design”; to promote the planning and implementation of policies; to support international cooperation and exchange in the creative design industries.
In 2018, the creative industries in Shanghai reached an added value of 422.772 billion Yuan, increasing by 8.9% to the previous year. Design plays an important role in the innovation process and economy transformation. The creative design industry made considerable progress while integrating into urban renewal, industry transformation and upgrading, improving citizen’s lives, international cooperation, promoting sustainable development.
In recent years, Shanghai unites various resources to develop creative design and has organized a series of influential design events, including Shanghai International Creative Cities Design Innovation Forum, Shanghai Interior Design Festival, Design Shanghai, Shanghai Couture Week, Shanghai Design Week, Shanghai Fashion Week etc. Till now, Shanghai has worked closely with international metropolises and other UNESCO creative cities of design to successfully hold a series of International Creative Design Dialogue, Innovation Design Exhibition showing the latest creative design concept, innovative products, and promote the best design talents.
22 - 28 May 2023 |
On the evening of May 22, 2023, the 12th Shanghai Customization Week, hosted by the Shanghai International Fashion Federation, opened at the BFC Bund Finance…
20 May 2023 |
At present, Shanghai hosts over 8500 coffee shops, making it one of the highest numbers in the world. In the streets of Shanghai, you can…
28. Mar 2023 |
After nearly two years, Design Miami/ Podium x Shanghai made its return. The Made in House Production was open from March 8-12, with its exclusive…
23 - 31 Mar 2023 |
Shanghai Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2023 Gears Up for Full Return from March 23rd to 31st. The fashion week will focus on environmental protection and sustainability, and…
31. Oct 2022 |
As to boost the creative industry and stimulate economic recovery, the Made-in-Shanghai design products were displayed in a pop-up market on July 15th, 2022. From…
16. May 2022 |
Shanghai World-class “City of Design” Development Promotion Conference was held at the Friendship Hall on February 17, with a city design industry blueprint released. Shanghai aims…
Shanghai Grand Theater’s online brand Zero Stop will present programs for free to enrich residents’ life as Shanghai endures a phased lockdown.The programs include ballet,…
A station once supplying steam to over 30 nearby factories on Shanghai’s outskirts has been converted into a leading digital art center to focus on…
09. May 2022 |
Shanghai’s annual new couture week was launched at the Bund on Nov 12nd. The 10th Shanghai New Couture Week (SNCW) began at the Bund Finance…
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