Creative City Network
When Edinburgh was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2004, it was the first to join a wider network of cities, each with their own designation of creative excellence. These titles are permanent and non-competitive.
The UNESCO Creative Cities designations recognise past, present and future: a strong cultural heritage, a vibrant and diverse contemporary cultural scene, and aspirations and vision to develop cultural potential. There are currently 69 UNESCO Creative Cities globally.
DesignBerlin, Buenos Aires, Graz, Kobe, Montreal, Nagoya, Saint-Etienne, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Seoul, Bilbao, Curitiba, Dundee, Helsinki and Turin.