WHITRAP Helps Huai'an Join the UNESCO Creative City(Gastronomy)
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On 8 November, Huai’an as well as other 48 cities have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) following their designation by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, becoming the 5th City of Gastronomy in China.

Since the application in 2017, commissioned by Huai'an Municipal Bureau of Commerce, Dr. Li Xin, Deputy Secretary-General of WHITRAP, has provided full process guidance and comprehensive technical support. And they include technical documents, international public relations, media promotion, etc. All the efforts help Huai'an become the 15th UNESCO Creative City in China.

Taking this successful application as an opportunity, WHITRAP will further deepen the cooperation with Huai'an in the fields of creative cities, world heritage protection and other fields. WHITRAP will also promote the sustainable development and international exchanges and cooperation, and boost the continuous development of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in China.

Huai'an Gastronomy

Huai'an Gastronomy

The 49 new members of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network are:

Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) – Music
Batumi (Georgia) – Music
Belfast (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Music
Bida (Nigeria) – Crafts and Folk Art
Bohicon (Benin) – Gastronomy
Buraidah (Saudi Arabia) – Gastronomy
Bursa (Turkey) – Crafts and Folk Art
Campina Grande (Brazil) – Media Arts
Cannes (France) – Film
Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – Film
Como (Italy) – Crafts and Folk Art 
Covilhã (Portugal) – Design
Doha (Qatar) – Design
Gdynia (Poland) – Film 
Gimhae (Republic of Korea) – Crafts and Folk Art
Gothenburg (Sweden) – Literature
Hamar (Norway) – Media Arts
Huai’an (China) – Gastronomy
Huancayo (Peru) – Music 
Ibagué (Colombia) – Music
Jakarta (Indonesia) – Literature
Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of) – Gastronomy
Kharkiv (Ukraine) – Music
Kuching (Malaysia) – Gastronomy
Lankaran (Azerbaijan) – Gastronomy 
Launceston (Australia) – Gastronomy 
London (Canada) – Music
Manises (Spain) – Crafts and Folk Art
Modena (Italy) – Media Arts
Nakuru (Kenya) – Crafts and Folk Art
Namur (Belgium) – Media Arts
Pasto (Colombia) – Crafts and Folk Art
Perth (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Crafts and Folk Art
Phetchaburi (Thailand) – Gastronomy
Port Louis (Mauritius) – Music 
Recife (Brazil) – Music
Rouen (France) – Gastronomy
Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation) – Gastronomy
Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal) – Gastronomy
Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) – Music
Srinagar (India) – Crafts and Folk Art
Tallinn (Estonia) – Music
Tbilisi (Georgia) – Media Arts
Thessaloniki (Greece) – Gastronomy
Usuki (Japan) – Gastronomy
Vilnius (Lithuania) – Literature
Weifang (China) – Crafts and Folk Art
Whanganui (New Zealand) – Design
Xalapa (Mexico) - Music

Among the 49 new cities joining the UCCN in 2021, more than half of them are in the field of Gastronomy and Music, with a significant proportion in the field of Crafts and Folk Art and Media Art. The field of Literature, Design and Film each account for 3 cities. In terms of intercontinental distribution, both Europe and Asia account for more than 30% of all the cities, with a smaller number in other continents.



Until now, 16 cities in China have joined the UCCN, which is the highest in the world:
Chinese cities

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Launched in 2004, it aims to enhance the creative, social and economic potential of cultural industries held by local actors and therefore promotes UNESCO’s goals of cultural diversity. By joining the Network, cities commit to sharing best practices, developing partnerships that promote creativity and cultural industries, strengthening participation in cultural life and integrating culture in urban development plans. The Network now numbers 295 cities reaching 90 countries that invest in culture and creativity to advance sustainable urban development, covering seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.

National UNESCO Creative Cities Network R&D Alliance

Launched in December 2016 by all Chinese cities listed in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) and its candidate cities, National UNESCO Creative Cities Network R&D Alliance Promotion Office was established at Tongji University in Shanghai. Through leveraging its professional and network advantages, it aims to assist the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO in providing comprehensive technical support for the development of the UCCN in China. 

As the only UCCN public service platform in China, the Network is committed to promoting the collaborative development and cross-border innovation of Chinese creative cities, seeking more international discourse, and providing a new impetus for the development of Chinese creative cities.

For more information about the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in 2021, please visit the following website: https://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/

News source:The UNESCO Creative Cities Network website, National UNESCO Creative CIties Network R&D Alliance
Copyright of some pictures: Huai’an Official
Edited by: Zhang Yiyang, He Yixuan

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