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.




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

  • Enghien-les-Bains 

    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

Call for applications

The Call for Applications for Creative Cities designations 2015 will be announced in the first quarter of 2015 on this website. 

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