Durban receives UNESCO City of Literature Status


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recently named Durban the UNESCO City of Literature and is the first African City to receive this prestigious status.

This accolade does not only affirm the City’s commitment to promoting arts, culture and literacy but places Durban firmly on the map as a world-class city.

UNESCO‘s City of Literature program is part of a wider Creative Cities Network which was launched in 2004 and is currently made up of 180 UNESCO Creative Cities globally. Members from 72 countries covering seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts have all received UNESCO designations.

The Network was born out of UNESCO’s Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity initiative which was created in 2002. Its aim is to “promote the social, economic and cultural development of cities in both the developed and the developing world.” The cities in network promote their local creative scene and conform to UNESCO’s goal of fostering cultural diversity. They recognise past, present and future: a strong cultural heritage, a vibrant and diverse contemporary cultural scene, and aspirations to extend culture to the next generation at home and to other cities in a global partnership.

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