Creative Cities Network Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting of the Creative Cities Network 

The IX Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) will take place in Kanazawa, Japan (designated UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art in 2009), from 25 to 28 May 2015.

Representatives of 69 cities from 32 different countries are invited to Kanazawa, 10 years after the launch of the Network, to: 

-       Review the initiatives undertaken to foster the role of creativity in sustainable urban development and build flagship partnerships for the future; 

-       Reflect on the development and strategic objectives of an enlarged and more geographically balanced Network; 

-       Address the criteria for the selection of host cities of Network Annual meetings as well as of periodic review of membership; 

-       Define the areas of work of the Network for the coming year.

Previous Creative Cities annual meetings have been held in Paris (UNESCO HQ, 2008), Santa Fe (2008), Lyon (2009), Shenzhen (2010), Seoul (2011), Montréal (2012), Bologna (2013) and Chengdu (2014). The 2016 Annual Meeting will be held in in Östersund, Sweden.

Working and information documents: 

To learn more about the UCCN IX Annual Meeting please visit the official website below. We also invite all City Delegations to register to the event using this website. 




The 2015 call for applications for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is now open!

Created in 2004, the Network brings together 69 cities from 32 countries that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. 


If your city is interest in joining this growing Network, you may access the documents below and find out what it takes and what it means to become a UNESCO Creative City. 

Read more. 



28 cities join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

As a result of the 2014 Call for applications, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, designated 28 cities, from 19 countries, as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.


Learn more about the 69 member cities of the Creative Cities Network.

Read the press release here.

News from the Network



    Launch of the first album of the blind musician band “Les Trois leaders” in Brazzaville. Read more.


    Sub-Network of Design Meeting in Nagoya (Japan)

    Following the IX UCCN Annual Meeting in Kanazawa (Japan), the city of Nagoya hosts a UCCN’s Sub-Network of Design meeting in the framework of an International Design Forum. Read More


    Edinburgh recently celebrated 10 years as the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Rt Hon Donald Wilson, hosted a reception at the City Chambers, welcoming over 150 guests from all corners of the literary community, including... Read more


    Sapporo organizes the SAPPORO YUKITERRACE 2015, a Media Arts event on Akapla Square. Read more 

    Montréal & Graz

    Montréal will be the guest of honour at Design Month in Graz, which takes place from April 30 to May 31 in the Austrian city. Like Montréal, Graz holds the title UNESCO City of Design. Read more


    Krakow and Wroclaw are designated the Salon's literary cities at the Paris book fari “Salon du Livre” in March 2014. Salon du livre is the second largest literature event in the world after the Frankfurt Book Fair. Read more


    The 9th Biennale International Design of Saint-Etienne 2015 will be held from March 12 to April 15 2015. The theme of the exposition is “Les Sens du beau” (The meanings of beauty). The exposition offers sensitive experiences through objects, services, facilities and environments.  Read more



    The Ile de France Film Commission in partnership with the City of Enghien-les-Bains and its Centre of arts launch a new event dedicated to Digital Creation: Paris Images Digital Summit (PIDS) at the Centre of arts in Enghien-les-Bains on January 21st and 22nd, 2015. Read More


    UK Creative Cities meet in Edinburgh

    The four UK members of UNESCO Creatives cities Network - Bradford (Film), Glasgow (Music), Norwich (Literature) and Edinburgh (Literature) - welcomed their two fellow newcomers, Dundee (Design) and York (Media Arts) at a meeting on December 9th, to discuss activities related to the cities' designations, collaboration between their cities, as well as relations with UNESCO. Read More

    Montreal and Reykjavik

    Montreal, UNESCO City of Design, and Reykjavik, UNESCO City of Literature, are launching a transdisciplinary collaboration project, to promote a young artist and an innovative approach to design. Read more


    From 4-6th March 2015, the UNESCO Creative Cities are invited to Bradford, UK to celebrate and learn more about its UNESCO City of Film status at the Bradford International Film Summit 2015. Read More


    Reykjavik, Iowa City and Edinburgh

    UNESCO’s Creative Cities of Literature Reykjavik, Iowa City and Edinburgh sweep up awards for their work to engagement communities with literature. Read more

Use of UNESCO logo by Creative Cities

The use of the Unesco Creative City logos is granted, upon request to Unesco, only to the Municipalities and the official departments and/or bodies of Cities that have been formally designated as Creative Cities (article 10 of the Nomination procedures).

The use of UNESCO logo is governed by the Directives concerning the use of the name, acronym, logo and Internet domain names of UNESCO, available online on UNESCO website.

Learn more by accessing the following link.

Logo request form

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