MOVE THE WORLD

Creativity is indeed an invisible power to make the world the better place, and UNESCO envisioned that. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable development. Now, 116 cities from 54 countries around the world have joined this team.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

  • CITY OF FILM •

The city’s film industry has produced world-class talents, including director George Miller, actors Hugh Jackman and Cate Blanchett, as well as digital animation pioneers Animal Logic, creators of The Lego Movie. Sydney also boasts a kaleidoscope of filming locations from pristine beaches and lush mountains to stunning cityscapes.

SALVADOR, BRAZIL

  • CITY OF MUSIC •

Salvador has been the birthplace of many music genres, including tropicalismo, axé, bossa nova and samba. It was also in Salvador that the ‘trio elétrico’ – a truck popularly used as a mobile stage for large outdoor music events due to its high power sound system – was created.

BERLIN, GERMANY

  • CITY OF DESIGN •

While the Projekt Zukunft develops strategies for Berlin as a centre for the arts, the open-minded atmosphere in Berlin provides the ideal framework for internationally recognized trade fairs and festivals: Design Mai, Update, the Berlin Photography Festival and the Walk of Fashion.

BELÉM, BRAZIL

  • CITY OF GASTRONOMY •

Thanks to its geography, Belem has a diversity of local food products such as seafood, açaí, cocoa and pupunha. Gastronomy is anchored in the city’s life, as it is home to the historic food market, Ver-o-Peso, which has given rise to the largest annual festival in the Amazon region dedicated to gastronomy.

SEVILLE, SPAIN

  • CITY OF MUSIC •

Music is everywhere in the city and engages everyone, from symphonies, operas and public open spaces dedicated to music, to foundations, youth organisations, schools and conservatories. Among, the Bienal de Flamenco showcases a musical genre that was recognised as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010.

LYON, FRANCE

  • CITY OF MEDIA ART •

The Digital Library of Lyon (NUMELYO) and the establishment of the digital platform Numeridanse are among the main projects carried out to accompany the digital revolution in all artistic and cultural fields. The city’s museums are also committed to the development of digital strategies, including interactive heritage point projects across the city.

ISFAHAN, IRAN

  • CITY OF CRAFTS & FOLK ARTS •

Regarded as a hub for crafts and folk art, Isfahan is home to specialised craftpeople in 67 different disciplines, including carpet weaving, metalwork, woodwork, ceramics, and painting. Workshops and enterprises, which contribute to the city’s economy, are located in the historical Naqsh-e Jahan Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

  • CITY OF LITERATURE •

The world’s first UNESCO City of Literature is the birthplace and home to world-famous writers, poets and playwrights, including Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and JK Rowling (Harry Potter). The Edinburgh International Book Festival is the world’s largest literary festival of its kind, lasting for two weeks each August.

Text by Thanisara Ruangdej
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