Graz designated as UNESCO Creative City
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, designated Graz as "City of Design" on 14 March 2010, as part of the Organization’s Creative Cities Network. With its strong history of design culture, the city of Graz is committed to embracing design and the creative industries as a strategic tool for socio-economic and cultural development.
The city has long demonstrated a growing creative economy with small and medium-sized enterprises across the various fields of design industry, which influences not only the local economy but also the quality of life for its citizens.
The city’s cultural influence has already been manifested through its designation and international profile as European Cultural Capital (2003), UNO City of Human Rights and Capital of Culinary Delights. As a gateway to Southeastern Europe, it is expected to further act as a catalyst for international network in the region.
The following aspects were also valued as Graz’s potential to become a UNESCO City of Design: healthy balance of attracting international audience while showcasing local talent, design-led practices in civic projects, projects with an inclusive design approach raising international awareness, e.g., the International Design Calendar. These experiences shall contribute to strengthening the exchange and collaboration of the UNESCO Design Cities, now reaching to ten.
With Graz, the Creative Cities Network now has 28 members.