Geelong – UNESCO City of Design
Posted 29 June 2018
UNESCO Geelong – City of Design
As Australia’s first (and only) City of Design, Geelong is a member of the UNESCO Creative City Network.
It is a recognition that Geelong has historically been, and will continue to be, shaped and influenced by design.
UNESCO Creative Cities Network
Being part of the UNESCO Creative Cities network has two key aims:
- Raise awareness about the power of creativity and innovation in building sustainable cities and communities.
- Promoting cooperation with and among cities that identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004. The aim of the Network is to make creativity an essential driver for sustainable urban renewal and development. Today, the Network comprises 180 cities from 73 countries, working together towards common objectives:
- Placing creativity and cultural industries at the core of development plans at the local level.
- Actively cooperating through inter-city partnerships at the international level.
To foster partnerships and synergy, the UCCN cities are designated in one of the seven creative fields covered by the Network:
- crafts and folk art
- media arts.
Other Creative Cities of Design
There are currently 30 other UNESCO Cities of Design around the world, eight of these were included in the 2017 intake:
- Bandung – Indonesia
- Beijing – China
- Berlin – Germany
- Bilbao – Spain
- Brasilia – Brazil (2017)
- Budapest – Hungary
- Buenos Aires – Argentina
- Cape Town – South Africa (2017)
- Curitiba – Brazil
- Detroit – USA
- Dubai – United Arab Emirates (2017)
- Dundee – Scotland
- Graz – Austria
- Helsinki – Finland
- Istanbul – Turkey (2017)
- Kaunas – Lithuania
- Kobe – Japan
- Kolding – Denmark (2017)
- Kortrijk – Belgium (2017)
- Mexico City – Mexico (2017)
- Montreal – Canada
- Nagoya – Japan
- Peubla – Mexico
- Saint-Etienne – France
- Seoul – South Korea
- Shanghai – China
- Shenzhen – China
- Singapore – Singapore
- Turin – Italy
- Wuhan – China (2017)
Visit the Creative City of Design Geelong website for full details.
To be considered a Creative City, Geelong needed to satisfy a set of criteria, set out by UNESCO. On 31 October, Geelong was announced as part of the 64 city intake for 2017.
In June 2017, we submitted an application to have Geelong recognised by UNESCO (through their Creative Cities Network) as a City of Design.
This project was undertaken with direct input and financial support of Creative Victoria, Deakin University, Creative Futures and the Australian Centre for Innovation and Design, with support and collaboration of key local stakeholders, including the Committee for Geelong, G21 and the Geelong Chamber of Commerce.
This is an initiative by our City of Greater Geelong’s economic development unit “Enterprise Geelong”. Please contact for more details.