Creative Cities Network Review for UNESCO

The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) asked GMV (together with colleagues from New Media Networks) to assess a major bid from one of the UK’s leading cities to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

The Creative Cities Network develops international co-operation amongst cities that have identified creativity and the creative industries as strategic factors for sustainable development.

To become a member of the network, cities have to demonstrate that they have the right combination of partnerships across the public and private sectors, professional organisations, communities, civil society and cultural institutions.

The evaluation criteria covered areas such as:

  • international co-operation
  • development of centres of creativity
  • festivals and events
  • education – formal and informal
  • digital and online activity and engagement
  • understanding of the economics and vitality of the relevant sectors
  • supporting structural mechanisms, measures and initiatives
  • experience and quality of the partners involved

GMV reviewed the bid and made recommendations to strengthen it, based on our breadth of knowledge and experience in how to develop the plans and delivery structures that enable creativity to drive economic and social development that is achievable and sustainable.


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