Twenty-eight cities join creative cities network

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Northern lights dancing in the sky above Hallgrimskirkja church © Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson — with Doni Prasetyo and Chiaki Konno. UNESCO

Twenty-eight cities from 19 countries have been selected by the UN's cultural agency (UNESCO) as new members of a network of cities focusing on culture and creativity.

The agency's Creative Cities Network aims to encourage international cooperation between cities and to promote local development.

The network covers seven thematic areas which are crafts and folk arts, design, film, literature, gastronomy, media arts and music.

The cities that have been added include Florianopolis, Brazil for gastronomy, Dakar, Senegal for media arts and Jingdezhen, China for crafts and folk arts.

Sixty-nine cities are now part of the network and have committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and enhanced influence of culture in the world.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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