Discover Turkey and its creative cities
Turkey has total 5 cities which are member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The cities of Gaziantep, Hatay and Afyon are in the gastronomy category. Istanbul is in the design category. Kutahya is in the crafts and folk art category.
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: Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep has been added to the list of UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a creative city of gastronomy. Gaziantep is well known for its long and vibrant gastronomic history.
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.
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.