Creative Cities Network grows by 49; 3 new Cities of Literature designated

UNESCO on Monday announced the designation of 49 new cities to join its Creative Cities Network making for a total of 295 Creative Cities from 90 countries worldwide.

Among these new Creative Cities, three have been designated as Creative Cities of Literature: Gothenburg, Sweden; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Vilnius, Lithuania. There are now 42 designated Creative Cities of Literature from 31 countries across the globe. The UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature extend a warm welcome to their new sibling Cities and look forward to collaborating to promote the power of literature for sustainable and inclusive societies.

“We warmly welcome our colleagues in the newly designated Creative Cities of Literature,” said John Kenyon, executive director of the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature and coordinator for the Cities of Literature. “We look forward to working with our new partners as we promote our values, including the need to celebrate and protect freedom of speech and expression. As our network diversifies, adding new cultural perspectives, new languages, and new stories, we strengthen the base from which we do that work.”

No new cities were added from the United States. UNESCO rules dictate that applying cities must be from a country that is a member of UNESCO. The United States is not currently a member, having left in 2018. There are nine U.S. members of the Creative Cities Network, including Iowa City.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created by UNESCO in 2004 and gathers Cities that have positioned culture and creativity as strategic enablers for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Network recognizes Cities from the seven creative fields of Craft and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music. Designated Creative Cities place creativity at the core of their development to enhance inclusivity, safety, and sustainability.

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The new cities are:

Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) – Music
Batumi (Georgia) – Music
Belfast (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Music
Bida (Nigeria) – Crafts and Folk Art
Bohicon (Benin) – Gastronomy
Buraidah (Saudi Arabia) – Gastronomy
Bursa (Turkey) – Crafts and Folk Art
Campina Grande (Brazil) – Media Arts
Cannes (France) – Film
Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – Film
Como (Italy) – Crafts and Folk Art
Covilhã (Portugal) – Design
Doha (Qatar) – Design
Gdynia (Poland) – Film
Gimhae (Republic of Korea) – Crafts and Folk Art
Gothenburg (Sweden) – Literature
Hamar (Norway) – Media Arts
Huai’an (China) – Gastronomy
Huancayo (Peru) – Music
Ibagué (Colombia) – Music
Jakarta (Indonesia) – Literature
Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of) – Gastronomy
Kharkiv (Ukraine) – Music
Kuching (Malaysia) – Gastronomy
Lankaran (Azerbaijan) – Gastronomy
Launceston (Australia) – Gastronomy
London (Canada) – Music
Manises (Spain) – Crafts and Folk Art
Modena (Italy) – Media Arts
Nakuru (Kenya) – Crafts and Folk Art
Namur (Belgium) – Media Arts
Pasto (Colombia) – Crafts and Folk Art
Perth (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Crafts and Folk Art
Phetchaburi (Thailand) – Gastronomy
Port Louis (Mauritius) – Music
Recife (Brazil) – Music
Rouen (France) – Gastronomy
Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation) – Gastronomy
Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal) – Gastronomy
Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) – Music
Srinagar (India) – Crafts and Folk Art
Tallinn (Estonia) – Music
Tbilisi (Georgia) – Media Arts
Thessaloniki (Greece) – Gastronomy
Usuki (Japan) – Gastronomy
Vilnius (Lithuania) – Literature
Weifang (China) – Crafts and Folk Art
Whanganui (New Zealand) – Design
Xalapa (Mexico) – Music

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