Tucson to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network!

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: December 30, 2015

Tucson to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network!

Us Tucsonans are really moving up in the world these days as we were just recently named as the first UNESCO city of Gastronomy in the U.S.

Folks that’s a BIG DEAL!

We aren’t just on some esoteric list, in some small outpost magazine out in space… we are being recognized globally for our food scene!


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization selected Tucson as the first city in North America (along with Ensenada, Mexico) to earn a Worldwide City of Gastronomy designation Friday morning, says the organization’s website.

Here are the 47 cities selected this year (from the organization’s website):

Adelaide (Australia) – Music

Al-Ahsa (Saudi Arabia) – Crafts and Folk Art

Austin (United States of America) – Media Arts

Baghdad (Iraq) – Literature

Bamiyan (Afghanistan) – Crafts and Folk Art

Bandung (Indonesia) – Design

Barcelona (Spain) – Literature

Belém (Brazil) – Gastronomy

Bergen (Norway) – Gastronomy

Bitola (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) – Film

Budapest (Hungary) – Design

Burgos (Spain) – Gastronomy

Dénia (Spain) – Gastronomy

Detroit (United States of America) – Design

Durán (Ecuador) – Crafts and Folk Art

Ensenada (Mexico) – Gastronomy

Gaziantep (Turkey) – Gastronomy

Idanha-a-Nova (Portugal) – Music

Isfahan (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Crafts and Folk Art

Jaipur (India) – Crafts and Folk Art

Katowice (Poland) – Music

Kaunas (Lithuania) – Design

Kingston (Jamaica) – Music

Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Music

Liverpool (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Music

Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Literature

Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Crafts and Folk Art

Lviv (Ukraine) – Literature

Medellín (Colombia) – Music

Montevideo (Uruguay) – Literature

Nottingham (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Literature

Óbidos (Portugal) – Literature

Parma (Italy) – Gastronomy

Phuket (Thailand) – Gastronomy

Puebla (Mexico) – Design

Rasht (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Gastronomy

Rome (Italy) – Film

Salvador (Brazil) – Music

San Cristóbal de las Casas (Mexico) – Crafts and Folk Art

Santos (Brazil) – Film

Sasayama (Japan) – Crafts and Folk Art

Singapore (Singapore) – Design

Tartu (Estonia) – Literature

Tongyeong (Republic of Korea) – Music

Tucson (United States of America) – Gastronomy

Ulyanovsk (Russian Federation) – Literature

Varanasi (India) – Music



Doug Zanes
Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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