The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a world in itself, with a membership of over 200 cities. These cities place creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their local development plans and actively cooperate with other cities in the Network.
The UCCN in Canada
Three Canadian cities are part of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network, in three different areas:
Montréal, Creative City of Design since 2006
Quebec City, Creative City of Literature since 2017
Toronto, Creative City of Media Arts since 2017
London, Creative City of Music since 2021
The network's cities are organized into seven creative fields: crafts and folk arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music.
These cities have committed to being part of the network to share best practices, develop partnerships that promote creativity and the cultural industries, strengthen participation in cultural life and integrate culture in urban development plans.
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s offices, located in Ottawa, are on the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial. Read the full statement.