UNESCO Creative Cities
UNESCO, the United Nations Education, Science, and Culture Organization, started the Creative Cities Network to facilitate international relationships within creative industries. Cities are designated in one of seven categories: Literature, Film, Music, Design, Craft and Folk Art, Media Arts, and Gastronomy. Once designated, member cities collaborate on international initiatives designed to preserve local heritage, foster cultural diversity, and promote cultural tourism. The network currently consists of 180 cities from 72 cities.