Tel Aviv was selected by UNESCO as one of 28 of the world’s most creative cities, specifically in the field of Media Arts. There are now 68 such cities, so it is not too exclusive an honor.
The announcement comes shortly after Tel Aviv was named the World’s smartest city.
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“By joining the Network, cities commit to collaborate and develop partnerships with a view to promoting creativity and cultural industries, to share best practices, to strengthen participation in cultural life, and to integrate culture in economic and social development plans, ” said UNESCO.
“Ten years ago, UNESCO declared the White City of Tel Aviv as a world heritage site. The world recognized the importance of the city’s architectural past. Tel Aviv’s entrance to UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network reflects the world’s recognition of the city’s contribution to the present and the future – recognition of Tel Aviv as a vibrant center of cultural creation and breakthrough technology, the creative industries and the focus of the original visionary scene of digital innovation and initiatives, ” said Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.
Other cities designated in the category included Dakar, Senegal; Gwangju, South Korea; Linz, Austria and York in the UK.