Creative Cities work to strengthen the creation, production, distribution, and enjoyment of cultural goods and services at the local level, to promote creativity and creative expression especially among vulnerable groups, including women and young people, to enhance access to and participation in cultural life as well as enjoyment of cultural goods, and to strengthen the integration of cultural and creative industries and cultural tourism in local development plans.
Cities of Media Arts combine new media and cutting-edge technologies with culture and the arts to drive societal, economic and individual well-being. Think digital story-telling, innovative museum interpretations, immersive digital playgrounds and interactive technologies to unlock creative potential, build (digital) connections, promote education, and foster diversity and inclusivity.
How can design address social inequalities and opportunities in local communities? That’s one of the key questions lying at the heart of Cities of Design. They use innovation and creativity to drive medical research and tackle issues such as unemployment and health problems. They create and endorse collaborations between citizens, scientists, designers and artists to solve social and economic problems together.
Cities of Film testify to rich and diverse local film and TV production communities and tap into this remarkable abundance in many innovative ways. From fostering new talent and creating new studio space, to encouraging international collaborations and celebrating the moving image at film festivals—these cities strive to encourage learning about and with film.
Cities of Music share a rich and diverse music history. Concert halls, open mics, music clubs, festivals, societies and associations are just a few examples of how these cities foster and engage their communities through music. They also promote exceptional and original musical talent, connect local artists with the music industry, build the sector through collaborations and tourism, and drive music policies. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Cities of Literature are all about the written and spoken world. They champion the magic of words by inspiring people to tell, share and enjoy stories. From literary festivals, libraries and writers’ hubs to author readings, book clubs and much more – these cities use the power of literature to foster communities’ better understanding, well-being and learning. If that doesn’t leave you speechless…