UNESCO Creative Cities Network is the project initiated in October 2004 as part of ‘Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity,’ paying attention to the creativity which is the core element of cultural development. Their objectives are to promote economic, social, and cultural developments in the member cities and ultimately to enhance the cultural diversity and continuing progress which UNESCO pursues by developments of cultural assets in each city and cultural industry based on the creativity, and non-competitive cooperation and sharing the development experiences among the cities.
UNESCO Creative Cities Network has 7 fields including literature, movie, music, crafts and folk arts, design, media art, and gastronomy. According to the cultural characteristics, environment, and preference of the applicant city, one of them can be selected. As of 2020, the number of participant countries in the network is 246 cities in 85 countries.
Icheon is the ceramic specialized city where lots of ceramic artists and related industry people gather together, and the related educational institutions and infrastructure of ceramics including the researchers have well been established. In addition, quality operations of International Ceramic Biennale and ceramic festivals, and the preparations of designated organization that can take responsibility of festival operation and specialized ceramic works have been recognized to be entitled as UNESCO Creative Cities Network Crafts and Folk Arts Craft City, Korea-first in 2010.
Upon joining in UNESCO Creative Cities Network, our city had the opportunity to introduce Korean crafts and folk arts to all over the world, share mutual cultures by networking with a variety of cities over the world, and contribute to the advancements of world cultural diversity.
|Studio's Name||Hompage||Address||Contact Number|
|Icheon Ceramics Cooperative||www.cerawork.or.kr||306, Gyungchoongdae-ro 697, Icheon, Gyunggi Province||+82 -31-633-6382|
|Korea ceramic art high school||www.doyego.hs.kr||61, Doontuh-ro, Shindoon-myun, Icheon, Gyunggi Province, Korea Ceramic High School||+82 -31-638-6842|
|Korea Ceramic Foundation||https://www.kocef.org||263, Gyungchoongdae-ro 2697, Icheon, Gyunggi Province||+82 -31-645-6501|
|Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology (KICET)||www.kicet.re.kr/english.web||321 Gyungchoongdae-ro, Shindoon-myun, Icheon, Gyunggi Province||+82 -31-645-1400|