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2016-05-08 Back to list

KAUNAS – UNESCO Design city

Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (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 aspects.

By joining the Network, cities acknowledge their commitment to sharing best practices, developing partnerships that promote creativity and the cultural industrines, strengthening participation in cultural life and integrating culture in urban development plans.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network covers seven Creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.
In December, 2015 Kaunas has joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and became the first city in Eastern and Western European countries that received the Design City Status. Certainly, this will contribute to the ambition of Kaunas Modernist Interwar Architecture to join UNESCO World Heritage List.
Design network includes such cities throughout the world, as Montreal (Canada), Kobe (Japan), Helsinki (Finland), Detroit (USA), Bilbao (Spain), Singapore (Singapore), Berlin (Germany), Bandung (Indonesia), Puebla (Mexico), Budapest (Hungary), Curitiba (Brasil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Shanghai (China), Nagoya (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), Saint-Étienne (France), Dundee (Scotland), Torino (Italy), and Graz (Austria).

Photos: Remis Ščerbauskas, Martynas Plepys, Rimantas Šerkšnys, Kaunas city municipality.

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