As a result of its designation as UNESCO City of Film, Bradford is now part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organisations’ Creative Cities Network.
It is a rare honour, bestowed on just three cities in the UK: City of Film joins Edinburgh City of Literature and Glasgow City of Music.
Bradford and Sydney are currently the only cities in the world to hold City of Film status. However, other creative sectors feature in UNESCO designations across the globe. Iowa City in the USA and Melbourne, Australia join Edinburgh as Cities of Literature. Alongside Glasgow here in the UK, Bologna in Italy, Ghent in Belgium and Seville in Spain enjoy City of Music status. Berlin, Buenos Aires, Montreal, Kobe and Nagoya in Japan, and Shenzhen and Shanghai in China are world Cities of Design, whilst Aswan in Egypt, Kanazawa in Japan and Santa Fe in the USA are Cities of Craft and Folk Art. Popayan in Colombia and Chengdu in China are Cities of Gastronomy, while Lyon, France, enjoys a similar distinction to Bradford, being the only City for its discipline: Media Arts. Find out more about the Cities in the Network and the Network itself.
City of Film is a prized designation. Bradford looks forward to working with other world cities as they, too, strive for the accolade.