UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)
Karlsruhe is since 2019 a member of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network (UCCN). It was founded in 2004 to encourage collaboration with and between cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. Currently, 350 cities belong to this network, working towards a common goal: to put creativity and cultural industries at the center of their local development plans and to work together actively on an international level.
The Seven German Cities in the Network
The UNESCO Creative Cities program networks cities worldwide that seek to exchange experience, strategies, ideas, and model practices in the fields of contemporary art and culture, including cultural industries. Seven German cities are in the UCCN: Berlin as a city of design, Hanover and Mannheim as cities of music, Heidelberg and Bremen as a cities of literature, Karlsruhe as a city of media arts, and Potsdam as a city of film.