UNESCO Creative Cities: 2 from Thailand, 1 from the Philippines


Thailand and the Philippines have another reason to be happy after two cities from the former and one city from the latter were designated on Wednesday as UNESCO Creative Cities.

Bangkok and Cebu both received the new creative city for excellence in design, while Sukhothai for crafts and folk art.

“All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy,” Director-General Azoulay said Wednesday while announcing the 66 cities around the globe. “This favors political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations.”

UNESCO’s creative cities are divided into seven categories — gastronomy, literature, film, music, crafts & folk art, media arts and design.

Another Southeast Asian city that is included on the list is Indonesia’s Ambon (for music).

The 66 cities were added to the Creative Cities Network, which now has 246 cities.

Launched in 2004, UNESCO Creative Cities Network come from all continents and regions with different income levels and populations. They work together towards a common mission: placing creativity and the creative economy at the core of their urban development plans to make cities safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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