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Bida City declared UNESCO creative cities network member alongside 48 others


Bida City in Niger State has been declared a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network alongside 48 other cities.

This was contained in a UNESCO publication on its website.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.

The 246 cities which currently make up this network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.

UCCN recently released the results of the 2021 Call for Applications.

Subsequent to the evaluation process, the Director General of UNESCO designated 49 new cities to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, whose members have committed to placing culture and creativity at the heart of their development policies, strategies and action plans.

The UCCN would like to extend its gratitude to the member cities who participated in the process, and particularly to the cluster coordinators for their work in coordination and facilitation.

Despite all the difficulties faced during this unprecedented time, all evaluators, both experts and member cities, have managed to complete the assessments.

Below is a list of the 49 newly named cities:

  1. Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) – Music
  2. Batumi (Georgia) – Music
  3. Belfast (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Music
  4. Bida (Nigeria) – Crafts and Folk Art
  5. Bohicon (Benin) – Gastronomy
  6. Buraidah (Saudi Arabia) – Gastronomy
  7. Bursa (Turkey) – Crafts and Folk Art
  8. Campina Grande (Brazil) – Media Arts
  9. Cannes (France) – Film
  10. Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – Film
  11. Como (Italy) – Crafts and Folk Art
  12. Covilhã (Portugal) – Design
  13. Doha (Qatar) – Design
  14. Gdynia (Poland) – Film
  15. Gimhae (Republic of Korea) – Crafts and Folk Art
  16. Gothenburg (Sweden) – Literature
  17. Hamar (Norway) – Media Arts
  18. Huai’an (China) – Gastronomy
  19. Huancayo (Peru) – Music
  20. Ibagué (Colombia) – Music
  21. Jakarta (Indonesia) – Literature
  22. Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of) – Gastronomy
  23. Kharkiv (Ukraine) – Music
  24. Kuching (Malaysia) – Gastronomy
  25. Lankaran (Azerbaijan) – Gastronomy
  26. Launceston (Australia) – Gastronomy
  27. London (Canada) – Music
  28. Manises (Spain) – Crafts and Folk Art
  29. Modena (Italy) – Media Arts
  30. Nakuru (Kenya) – Crafts and Folk Art
  31. Namur (Belgium) – Media Arts
  32. Pasto (Colombia) – Crafts and Folk Art
  33. Perth (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Crafts and Folk Art
  34. Phetchaburi (Thailand) – Gastronomy
  35. Port Louis (Mauritius) – Music
  36. Recife (Brazil) – Music
  37. Rouen (France) – Gastronomy
  38. Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation) – Gastronomy
  39. Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal) – Gastronomy
  40. Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) – Music
  41. Srinagar (India) – Crafts and Folk Art
  42. Tallinn (Estonia) – Music
  43. Tbilisi (Georgia) – Media Arts
  44. Thessaloniki (Greece) – Gastronomy
  45. Usuki (Japan) – Gastronomy
  46. Vilnius (Lithuania) – Literature
  47. Weifang (China) – Crafts and Folk Art
  48. Whanganui (New Zealand) – Design
  49. Xalapa (Mexico) – Music

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