Beijing, Jeonju and Norwich nominated as UNESCO Creative Cities
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, designated Beijing (China) as “City of Design”, Jeonju (Republic of Korea) as “City of Gastronomy” and Norwich (UK) as “City of Literature” on 7 May 2012, as part of the Organization’s Creative Cities Network.
Along with its reputation as an economic and industrial power, Beijing is recognized as an established international platform for design undertaking various practices for international exchange related to design. The city also presents a unique strength in networking opportunities for designers between Africa and the city. Furthermore, the city’s focus and investment on emerging design practices through creative training programmes are expected to enhance the future design capacity of the city.
As the fourth City of Gastronomy, Jeonju joins Popayan, Chengdu and Östersund. The city undertakes tangible measures to safeguard its culinary heritage and promote its local food and culture in an integrated manner. It demonstrates excellence in culinary infrastructure with many unique gastronomic assets and resources promoted through the various food festivals and vibrant local traditional markets. The city also works towards promoting environmental protection and sustainable development through eco-friendly local food production and its food waste disposal policy.
The city of Norwich is particularly appreciated as a hub for literary activity with its outstanding historical and cultural tradition and its thriving community of writing. Literature is also at the heart of the city’s creative economy through its impressive history of publishing and diversity in contemporary publishing. The city equally plays a growing role in international cooperation and partnerships through its title as City of Refuge and its active participation as a founding member in the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN).
With Beijing, Jeonju and Norwich, the Creative Cities Network now has 34 members.
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