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 Creative Cities Network

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.

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Berlin, Buenos Aires, Graz, Kobe, Montreal, Nagoya, Saint-Etienne, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Seoul, Bilbao, Curitiba, Dundee, Helsinki and Turin.
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Crafts and Folk Art

Aswan, Icheon, Kanazawa, Santa Fe, Hangzhou, Fabriano, Paducah, Jacmel, Jingdezhen, Nassau, Pekalongan and Suzhou. Visit site
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Edinburgh, Melbourne, Iowa City, Dublin, Reykjavik, Norwich, Krakow, Dunedin, Granada, Heidelberg and Prague.
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Media Arts

Lyon, Enghien-les-Bains, Sapporo, Dakar, Gwangju, Linz, Tel Aviv-Yafo and York. Visit site
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Bologna, Gent, Glasgow, Seville, Bogota and Brazzaville, Hamamatsu, Hanover, and Mannheim. Visit site
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Bradford, Sydney, Busan, Galway and Sofia. Visit site
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Chengdu, Ostersund, Popayan, Zahle, Florianopolis, Shunde and Tsuruoka.
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