UNESCO Creative Cities Network

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.

In 2014, Dunedin became New Zealand’s first city to be appointed to the Creative Cities network as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Auckland's bid to become a UNESCO City of Music was accepted in 2017.