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Tel Aviv-Jaffa Joins UNESCO Creative Cities Network

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The city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa has been designated one of the newest members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its accomplishments in, and development of, the category of “Media Arts.”

Tel Aviv-Jaffa is one of 28 cities from 19 countries accepted by the network within one of its seven thematic areas: “Craft and Folk Arts,” “Design,” “Film,” “Gastronomy,” “Literature,” “Media Arts” and “Music.” The now 69-member cities in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network work together to promote creativity and cultural diversity, to share best practices, to strengthen participation in cultural life and to integrate culture in sustainable urban development.

Launched in 2004, the network aims to foster international cooperation between cities dedicated to investing in creativity and enhancing the economy through creative tourism.

Tel Aviv-Jaffa joins the network as a newly designated UNESCO “City of Media Arts” – along with Dakar, Senegal; Gwangju, South Korea; Linz, Austria; and York, England – based on its dedication to developing cultural and creative industries using digital technology, integrating media arts as a means to improving urban life, increasing access to culture through digital technology development and providing residency programs and studio space for media artists.

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