A network of creative craft cities worldwide has been recently launched by the World Crafts Council(WCC) in the framework of the creative economy and in response to the growing awareness of the contribution of local authorities, craftspeople and communities to cultural, economic and social development.
Through this innovative and unique network, WCC intends to:
highlight, on a global platform, the reputation and assets of a creative city in a specific craft field, for example in woodwork, weaving, pottery, etc
strengthen local potential for innovation and the development of creative tourism
promote the exchange of know-how, experiences and best practices in diverse craft fields, at the national, regional and international level
to create new opportunities for co-operation and partnership between the designated creative craft cities.
The WCC network will also bring a complementary contribution to the UNESCO Creative Cities programme and foster interaction between crafts and other creative industries.
Interested cities are invited to submit their candidatures to the WCC International Secretariat with the relevant documentary evidence listed in the “Guidelines”
The applications will be considered by an independent panel of craft specialists before the final decision by the WCC Board. Information on the selected creative craft cities will be posted on the WCC website and the regional websites.
See a current list of World Craft Cities here.