The UNESCO Creative Cities Network
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 urban development. The Network contains seven creative fields: literature; crafts and folk art; design; film; gastronomy; media arts and music. Reykjavík has been a UNESCO City of Literature since 2011.
The UCCN is a growing network with new cities being designated every two years. The title is a permanent one, as long as the designated cities stay active within the network.
For more information, have a look at the UCCN Mission Statement or visit the UNESCO Creative Cities website.
Cities of Literature
listed in order of designation:
- 2004 Edinborg
- 2008 Iowa City
- 2008 Melbourne
- 2010 Dublin
- 2011 Reykjavík
- 2012 Norwich
- 2014 Dunedin, Granada, Heidelberg og Prag
- 2015 Baghdad, Barcelona, Ljubljana, Lviv, Montevideo, Nottingham, Óbidos, Tartu og Ulyanovsk
- 2017 Bucheon, Durban, Lillehammer, Manchester, Milano, Qubec City, Seattle og Utrecht
- 2019 Angouleme, Beirut, Exeter, Kuhmo, Lahore, Leeuwarden, Nanjing, Odessa, Slemani, Wonju og Wrocław
Cities submit bids to UNESCO to be designated a City of Literature. The designations are monitored and reviewed every four years by UNESCO.