Unesco Creative Cities Network

Discover Turkey and its creative cities

Turkey's Creative Cities

Turkey has total 6 cities which are member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the gastronomy, design, music, crafts and folk art categories. These cities are Gaziantep, Hatay, Kutahya, Istanbul, Afyonkarahisar and Kirsehir.

UNESCO Creative Cities

UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development on economic, social, cultural and environmental level. Cities in the network are evaluated design, craft and folk arts, film, literature, gastronomy, music and media arts categories.

The list of the creative cities in Turkey;

  • Gaziantep, Creative City of Gastronomy (2015)
  • Hatay, Creative City of Gastronomy (2017)
  • Kutahya, Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art (2017)
  • Istanbul, Creative City of Design (2017)
  • Afyon, Creative City of Gastronomy (2019)
  • Kirsehir, Creative City of Music (2019)


Kirsehir: Known as a music hub in the region with more than 2000 professional musicians, Kirsehir is also very rich city in terms of literature, especially poems. It has been awarded a city of music by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in 2019.


Gaziantep: Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep has been added to the list of UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a creative city of gastronomy. The city is well known for its long and vibrant gastronomic history. There are more than 400 dishes in Gaziantep, and 291 of them have already been registered as the official dishes of local culture.

Hatay: Hatay has been designated a city of gastronomy by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its famed cuisine. Turkey's Hatay province is renowned for its rich, delicious cuisine, come and taste for yourself.

Afyon: Another Turkish city, Afyon (also known as Afyonkarahisar) is in the list of UNESCO Creative Cities Network with its 8000 years of flavour inheritance. The famous delicacies of the city are close to becoming a brand.

Crafts and Folk Art

Kutahya: Kutahya has been awarded a city of crafts and folk art by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its incredible porcelain craftsmanship. Check out how stunning it really is detailing true art.


Istanbul: The largest city of Turkey, Istanbul has been designated as a design city by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its creativity. Istanbul, both archaic and dynamic, is a multicultural creativity and sharing ecosystem in which new experiences are passed on and knowledge is transferred to new generations. Istanbul also perfectly displays cultural diversity through its quarters and neighbourhoods.

Turkey's Creative Cities
Crafts and Folk Art, Kutahya