Creative Cities are part of a global network of cities that have placed creativity at the heart of their strategy for local economic and social development
By facilitating international collaboration and information sharing, the global network of Creative Cities uses culture to bridge nations that are divided by geography, but united by creativity.
Creative Cities work to:
- Strengthen the creation, production, distribution, and enjoyment of cultural goods and services at the local level
- Promote creativity and creative expression especially among vulnerable groups, including women and young people
- Enhance access to and participation in cultural life as well as enjoyment of cultural goods
- Strengthen the integration of cultural and creative industries and cultural tourism in local development plans
The global network is managed by thematic sub-networks, with for example, Bradford City of Film coordinating global network for film. These sub-networks are overseen by the Creative Cities Network, a small Secretariat that sits within the UNESCO Culture Sector in Paris.
The UK Network is made up of ten Creative Cities which work collaboratively and can provide support to those seeking to join the network in the UK and worldwide.