UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)

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 180 cities which currently make up this network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.


UCCN aims to strengthen cooperation with and among cities that have recognized creativity as a strategic factor of sustainable development as regards economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects.

By joining the Network, cities acknowledge their commitment to sharing best practices, developing
partnerships that promote creativity and the cultural industries, strengthening participation in cultural life and integrating culture in urban development plans.

Creative fields 

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.


The UNESCO Creative Cities Network aims to:

1 .  strengthen international cooperation between cities that have recognized creativity as a strategic factor of their sustainable development;
2 .  stimulate and enhance initiatives led by member cities to make creativity an essential component of urban development, notably through partnerships involving the public and private sectors and civil society.
3 .  strengthen the creation, production, distribution and dissemination of cultural activities, goods and services;
4 .  develop hubs of creativity and innovation and broaden opportunities for creators and professionals in the cultural sector;
5 .  improve access to and participation in cultural life as well as the enjoyment of cultural goods and services, notably for marginalized or vulnerable groups and individuals;
6 .  fully integrate culture and creativity into local development strategies and plans.

Areas of action

The objectives of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network are implemented both at the level of the member cities and at the international level, notably through the following areas of action:

1 .  sharing experiences, knowledge and best practices;
2 .  pilot projects, partnerships and initiatives associating the public and private sectors, and civil
3 .  professional and artistic exchange programmes and networks;
4 .  studies, research and evaluations on the experience of the Creative Cities;
5 .  policies and measures for sustainable urban development;
6 .  communication and awareness raising activities.

Indian cities in Creative Cities Network

1 . Varanasi (added as City of Music in 2015)

2 . Jaipur (added as City of Crafts and Folk Art in 2015)

3 . Chennai (added as City of Music in 2017)