St-Etienne and Sydney nominated UNESCO Creative Cities

St-Etienne and Sydney nominated UNESCO Creative Cities
  • City of design, view of the ensemble (from the North)
  • © LIN Finn Geipel & Giulia Andi

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, designated St-Etienne (France) as "City of Design" and Sydney (Australia) as "City of Film" on 22 November 2010, as part of the Organization’s Creative Cities Network.

Saint-Etienne boasts of design oriented urban frame implementing inter-disciplinary approach to design, which results in good practices of creative collaboration between the academic field and industry. The city has constantly made efforts to reinvent itself through design with the support of small and medium-sized creative enterprises and concrete initiatives dedicated to design such as the Cité du design and the International Design Biennale. These experiences shall contribute to strengthening the exchange and collaboration of the UNESCO Design Cities, now reaching to nine. Other cities of the Network are also expected to benefit from Saint-Etienne’s example, particularly from its vision and commitment towards progressive social change through sustainable design values.

Sydney joins Bradford as the second City of Film in the Network. Its film industry demonstrates a dynamic balance between the different film-related sectors, public and private, offering openness to the cinema of all cultures which provides the lesser known ones a solid platform to exhibit their talents and potential. The big film fiestas like the Sydney film festival, World of Women Film Festival and Tropfest add a glamorous and yet, meaningful tinge to Sydney’s film culture at the same time promoting young professionals to join this industry. Film education to the aspirants at a very young age, availability of number of studios and commercial back-up for film promotion highlight Sydney’s worth as UNESCO City of Film and also gives an outlook as on what it can offer to the network.

With Saint-Etienne and Sydney, the Creative Cities Network now has 27 members.

UNESCO established the Creative Cities Network at the end of 2004 to support social, economic and cultural development. The cities that join the network promote their local creative scene, share their experience with a wider audience, and create new opportunities, especially in collaboration with other member cities, to drive joint development results for creative industries. The development of partnerships between the public and private sectors is a key feature of the network.

  • Source:UNESCO
  • 22-11-2010

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