Creative Cities Network

Reykjavik City Lake

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.

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. 

Reykjavík has been a UNESCO City of Literature since 2011. 

For more information, visit the UNESCO Creative Cities website

These are the UNESCO Creative Cities:

UNESCO Cities of Literature

Edinburgh, Scotland
Iowa City, USA
Melbourne, Australia
Dublin, Ireland
Reykjavík, Iceland
Norwich, England
Dunedin, New Zealand
Granada, Spain
Heidelberg, Germany
Prag, Czeck Republic
Baghdad, Iraq
Barcelona, Spain
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Lviv, Ukraine
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nottingham, England
Óbidos, Portugal
Tartu, Estonia
Ulyanovsk, Russia
Bucheon, Republic of Korea
Durban, South Africa
Lillehammer, Norway
Milan, Italy
Manchester, England
Qubec City, Canada
Seattle, USA
Utrecht, Netherlands

UNESCO Cities of Film

Bradford, England
Sydney, Australia
Busan, Republic of Korea
Galway, Ireland
Sofia, Bulgaria
Bitola, Macedonia
Rome, Italy
Santos, Brazil
Bristol, England
Łódź, Poland
Qingdao, China
Terassa, Spain
Yamagata, Japan

UNESCO Cities of Music

Bogota, Columbia
Bologna, Italy
Ghent, Belgium
Glasgow, Scotland
Seville, Spain
Brazzaville, Congo
Hamamatsu, Japan
Hanover, Germany
Mannheim, Germany
Adelaide, Australia
Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal
Katowice, Poland
Kingston, Jamaica
Kinshasa, Republic of Congo
Liverpool, England
Medellin, Columbia
Salvador, Brazil
Tongyeong, Republic of Korea
Varanasi, India
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Amarante, Portugal
Auckland, New Zealand
Brno, Czeck Republic
Chennai, India
Daegu, Republic of Korea
Frutillar, Chile
Kansas City, USA
Morelia, Mexico
Norrköping, Sweden
Pesaro, Italy
Praia, Cabo Verde

UNESCO Cities of Crafts and Folk Art

Aswan, Egypt
Kanazawa, Japan
Santa Fe, USA
Icheon, Republic of Korea
Hangzhou, China
Fabriano, Italy
Paducah, USA
Jachmel, Haiti
Jingdezhen, China
Nassau, Bahamas
Pekalongan, Indonesia
Suzhou, China
Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
Bamiyan, Afganistan
Durán, Equador
Isfahan, Iran
Jaipur, India
Lubumbashi, Republic of Congo
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Sasayama, Japan
Baguio City, Phillipines
Barcelos, Portugal
Cairo, Egypt
Carrara, Italy
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chordeleg, Equador
Gabrovo, Bulgaria
João Pessoa, Brazil
Kütahya, Turkey
Limoges, France
Madaba, Jordan
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Porto-Novo, Benin
Sheki, Azerbaijan
Sokodé, Togo
Tétouan, Marocco
Tunis, Tunisia

UNESCO Cities of Design

Berlin, Germany
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kobe, Japan
Montreal, Canada
Nagoya, Japan
Shenzhen, China
Shanghai, China
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Saint-Etienne, France
Graz, Austria
Beijing, China
Bilbao, Spain
Curitiba, Brazil
Dundee, Scotland
Helsinki, Finland
Turin, Italy
Budapest, Hungary
Kaunas, Lithuania
Detroit, USA
Puebla, Mexico
Bandung, Indonesia
Singapore, Singapore
Brasilia, Brazil
Cape Town, South Africa
Dubai, United Arabic Emirates
Greater Geelong, Australia
Istanbul, Turkey
Kolding, Denmark
Kortrijk, Belgium
Mexico City, Mexico
Wuhan, China

UNESCO Cities of Media Arts

Lyon, France
Enghien-les-Bains, France
Sapporo, Japan
Dakar, Senegal
Gwangju, Republic of Korea
Linz, Austria
Tel Aviv – Yafo, Israel
York, England
Austin, USA
Braga, Portugal
Changsha, China
Guadalajara, Mexico
Košice, Slovakia
Toronto, Canada

UNESCO Cities of Gastronomy

Popayan, Columbia
Chengdu, China
Östersund, Sweden
Jeonju, Republic of Korea
Zahle, Lebanon
Florianopolis, Brazil
Shunde, China
Tsuruoka, Japan
Belém, Brazil
Bergen, Norway
Burgos, Spain
Dénia, Spain
Ensenada, Mexico
Gaziantep, Turkey
Parma, Italy
Phuket,Thailand
Rasht, Iran
Tucson, USA
Alba, Italy
Buenaventura, Columbia
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Hatay, Turkey
Macao, China
Panama City, Panama
Paraty, Brazil
San Antonio, USA