Hoi An Joins UNESCO Creative Cities Network 2023

10:00:41 AM | 11/7/2023

The ancient city of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam has been named in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), according to UNESCO’s announcement on October 31 on the occasion of World Cities Day.

The occasion, 55 cities join the UCCN, which were acknowledged for their strong commitment to harnessing culture and creativity as part of their development strategies, and displaying innovative practices in human-centered urban planning.

With the latest additions, the Network now counts 350 cities in more than 100 countries, representing seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.

Hoi An has five traditional craft villages with nearly 50 active craft industries, such as carpentry, pottery, lantern making, bamboo and coconut making, garments, and leather making. Some of these craft villages have been recognized as National Intangible Heritage. 

Hoi An has a large number of residents who participate in folk arts and crafts activities. This includes freelance workers, craft production and business groups, groups of artists, artisans, and individuals belonging to professional associations, running creative craft workshops, and businesses and entrepreneurs in the field of crafts and folk arts.

Joining the UNCCN is a favorable condition for Hoi An to promote its brand, attract investment, focus on educational development programs and cultural and creative events, and expand relationships. 

Hoi An can also access and absorb experience and good values from international experts, UNESCO, and other cities and countries to apply them flexibly to Hoi An's unique development model.

Source: VGP