Baguio City joins the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Monday, 26 February 2018

Find out how Baguio City, the first from the Philippines, was included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines, becomes the first city from the country to be included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Baguio City is also often dubbed as a haven for artists and creatives, all involved in the advancement of the different constituents of the arts, including indigenous and folk art. Many notable sculptors, painters, and filmmakers call the City of Pines their home.

A group of trees in Baguio City
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Baguio City joins the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

    About the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

    All in all, there are 64 cities from 44 countries that have been included in this list, described by UNESCO as front lining its efforts to foster innovation and creativity for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development. According to UNESCO, this network attracts growing interest from local authorities. 

    UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said that these new designations showcase enhanced diversity in city profiles and geographical balance, with 19 cities from countries not previously represented in the Network. 

    The UNESCO chief also added that the cooperation framework proposed to foster candidate cities from the Africa region – a UNESCO Global Priority – has been a true success with 9 African cities now joining the Network.
    Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network covers seven fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music. It now counts a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.

    Despite the uniqueness of each city in terms of location, demographics, and economics, all members of the network commit to develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies.

    The UNESCO Creative Cities Network provides a platform for cities to demonstrate culture’s role as an enabler for building sustainable metropolis.

    UNESCO Creative Cities from around the world

    The complete list of the UNESCO Creative Cities is as follows:

    • Alba (Italy) – Gastronomy
    • Almaty (Kazakhstan) – Music
    • Amarante (Portugal) – Music
    • Auckland (New Zealand) – Music
    • Baguio City (Philippines) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Barcelos (Portugal) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Braga (Portugal) – Media Arts
    • Brasilia (Brazil) – Design
    • Bristol (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Film
    • Brno (Czechia) – Music
    • Bucheon (Republic of Korea) – Literature
    • Buenaventura (Colombia) – Gastronomy
    • Cairo (Egypt) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Cape Town (South Africa) – Design
    • Carrara (Italy) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Changsha (China) – Media Arts
    • Chennai (India) – Music
    • Chiang Mai (Thailand) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Chordeleg (Ecuador) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Cochabamba (Bolivia [Plurinational State of]) – Gastronomy
    • Daegu Metropolitan City (Republic of Korea) – Music
    • Dubai (United Arab Emirates) – Design
    • Durban (South Africa) – Literature
    • Frutillar (Chile) – Music
    • Gabrovo (Bulgaria) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • [City of] Greater Geelong (Australia) – Design
    • Guadalajara (Mexico) – Media Arts
    • Hatay Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey) – Gastronomy
    • Istanbul (Turkey) – Design
    • João Pessoa (Brazil) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Kansas City (United States of America) – Music
    • Kolding (Denmark) – Design
    • Kortrijk (Belgium) – Design
    • Košice (Slovakia) – Media Arts
    • Kütahya (Turkey) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Lillehammer (Norway) – Literature
    • Limoges (France) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Łódź (Poland) – Film
    • Macao Special Administrative Region, China (Associate Member, UNESCO) – Gastronomy
    • Madaba (Jordan) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Manchester (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Literature
    • Mexico City (Mexico) – Design
    • Milan (Italy) – Literature
    • Morelia (Mexico) – Music
    • Norrköping (Sweden) – Music
    • Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Panama City (Panama) – Gastronomy
    • Paraty (Brazil) – Gastronomy
    • Pesaro (Italy) – Music
    • Porto-Novo (Benin) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Praia (Cabo Verde) – Music
    • Qingdao (China) – Film
    • Québec City (Canada) – Literature
    • San Antonio (United States of America) – Gastronomy
    • Seattle (United States of America) – Literature
    • Sheki (Azerbaijan) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Sokodé (Togo) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Terrassa (Spain) – Film
    • Tétouan (Morocco) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Toronto (Canada) – Media Arts
    • Tunis (Tunisia) – Crafts and Folk Art
    • Utrecht (Netherlands) – Literature
    • Wuhan (China) – Design
    • Yamagata City (Japan) – Film

    Source: UNESCO Website
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