Linz is now a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, an association of cities eager to share experiences, ideas and best practices for their cultural, social and economic development. Here’s some information about the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and the individuals who have provided sage counsel to Linz over the course of its development into a City of Media Arts.

As a worldwide alliance promoting cultural diversity, UNESCO established the Creative Cities Network to achieve the following objectives:

  • Strengthen the creation, production, distribution, and enjoyment of cultural goods and services at the local level;
  • Promote creativity and creative expressions especially among vulnerable groups, including women and youth;
  • Enhance access to and participation in cultural life as well as enjoyment of cultural goods;
  • Integrate cultural and creative industries into local development plans.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is an association of cities eager to share experiences, ideas and best practices for their cultural, social and economic development. Cities can apply for admission to the Network and participate in its program in order to enlarge their role as centers of creative competence and to support other cities, above all those in developing countries, to grow their own creative economy. The Network aims at developing international cooperation among cities. Once a city is appointed to the Network, it can share experiences and create new opportunities with other cities on a global platform, notably for activities based on the notions of creative economy and creative tourism.

The Creative Cities Network consists of seven Thematic Networks: Literature, Film, Music, Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Media Art and Gastronomy.


Aswan

City of Crafts and Folk Art

Beijing

City of Design

Berlin

City of Design

Bilbao

City of Design

Bogotá

City of Music

Bologna

City of Music

Bradford

City of Film

Brazzaville

City of Music

Buenos Aires

City of Design

Busan

City of Film

Chengdu

City of Gastronomy

Curitiba

City of Design

Dakar

City of Media Arts

Dublin

City of Literature

Dundee

City of Design

Dunedin

City of Literature

Edinburgh

City of Literature

Enghien-les-Bains

City of Media Arts

Fabriano

City of Crafts and Folk Art

Florianopolis

City of Gastronomy

Galway

City of Film

Gent

City of Music

Glasgow

City of Music

Granada

City of Literature

Graz

City of Design

Gwangju

City of Media Arts

Hamamatsu

City of Music

Hangzhou

City of Crafts and Folk Art

Hannover

City of Music

Heidelberg

City of Literature

Helsinki

City of Design

Icheon

City of Crafts and Folk Art

Kraków

City of Literature

Jacmel

City of Crafts and Folk Art

Jeonju

City of Gastronomy

Jingdezhen

City of Crafts and Folk Art

Kanazawa

City of Crafts and Folk Art

Kobe

City of Design

Linz

City of Media Arts

Mannheim

City of Music

Melbourne

City of Literature

Montréal

City of Design

Nagoya

City of Design

Nassau

City of Crafts and Folk Art

Norwich

City of Literature

Östersund

City of Gastronomy

Paducah

City of Crafts and Folk Art

Pecalongan

City of Crafts and Folk Art

Popayan

City of Gastronomy

Prag

City of Literature

Reykjavik

City of Literature

Santa Fe

City of Crafts and Folk Art

Sapporo

City of Media Arts

Seoul

City of Design

Sevilla

City of Music

Shanghai

City of Design

Shenzhen

City of Design

Shunde

City of Gastronomy

Sofia

City of Film

St. Etienne

City of Design

Suzhou

City of Crafts and Folk Art

Sydney

City of Film

Tel Aviv – Yafo

City of Media Arts

Tsuruoka

City of Gastronomy

Turin

City of Design

York

City of Media Arts

Zahlé

City of Gastronomy