Frequently asked questions about the Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference

When will the conference take place?

The Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference (APCC) will take place on October 23-26, 2019

Where will it take place? 

The APCC Conference will take place in Adelaide, Australia. The main conference venue is the Adelaide Festival Centre, located at King William St, Adelaide SA 5000.

What is the UNESCO Creative Cities Network?

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.

The 180 cities in 72 Countries currently make up this network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.

By joining the Network, cities commit to sharing their best practices and developing partnerships involving the public and private sectors as well as civil society in order to:

  • strengthen the creation, production, distribution and dissemination of cultural activities, goods and services;
  • develop hubs of creativity and innovation and broaden opportunities for creators and professionals in the cultural sector;
  • improve access to and participation in cultural life, in particular for marginalized or vulnerable groups and individuals;
  • fully integrate culture and creativity into sustainable development plans.

Cities may be designated in one of seven creative fields: craft and folk arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music. 

Who are the UNESCO Creative Cities in the Asia-Pacific?

There are nearly 49 UNESCO Creative Cities in the Asia-Pacific region. 

These include: 

Craft and Folk Arts





Media Arts


Jaipur, India

Beijing, China

Sydney, Australia

Phuket, Thailand

Bucheon, South Korea

Sapporo, Japan

Adelaide, Australia

Pekalongan, Indonesia

Seoul, South Korea

Busan, Korea

Shunde, China

Dunedin, New Zealand

Gwangju, South Korea

Hamamatsu, Japan

Jingdezhen, China

Kobe, Japan

Qingdao, China

Tsuruoka, Japan

Melbourne, Australia

Changsha, China

Tongyeong, South Korea

Hangzhou, China

Nagoya, Japan

Yamagata, Japan

Chengdu, China


Varanasi, India

Icheon, South Korea

Shenzhen, China


Jeonju, Korea


Chennai, India

Sasayama, Japan

Singapore, Singapore


Macau, SAR


Daegu, South Korea

Kanazawa, Japan

Bandung, Indonesia


Rasht, Iran


Auckland, New Zealand

Suzhou, China

Shanghai, China


Hatay, Turkey


Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wuhan, China

  Gaziantep, Turkey      

Isfahan, Iran

Geelong, Australia


Kütahya, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey


Baguio City, Philippines


Is Adelaide a UNESCO Creative City?

Yes, Adelaide was designated a UNESCO City of Music in 2015. 

How can I register?

​Regular registrations have now closed. Please contact our Project Officer, Justyna Jochym, to enquire about late registrations.​

What are the conference registration fees?

Registration fees are waived for UCCN representatives and international delegates. Please visit the pricing and options page for more details about the fees.

What does the registration fee cover? 

The registration fee covers the conference program, networking events and some catering. 

Am I eligible for a fee waiver? 

Representatives from a UCCN Office are eligible for a fee waiver, non-UCCN participants must pay the conference fee to attend. Early bird options have now closed.

I only want to attend one day of the conference, is that possible? 

Yes, participants may elect to attend only on one-day of the program on October 24th. Please refer to the pricing and options page for more details

Is there funding available to help with travel/registration costs for UCCN delegates? 

The conference fee is waived for delegates from a UCCN office. Additionally two complementary nights of accommodation for two delegates from a member city will be provided.

Delegates must cover their own transport/travel costs.

I am not a representative of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Are there sessions that I cannot attend? 

The Mayors Roundtable, National Commissions Roundtable and Creative Clusters Roundtable scheduled on October 25th are closed sessions, dedicated to those respective delegates.

Non-UCCN participants are free to participate in all other scheduled sessions. 

I am an international delegate. How can I book a hotel room in Adelaide? 

The conference organisers are offering two complimentary nights of accommodation for a max. of two delegates per member creative city. Upon approval of your registration, registered delegates will receive an email to confirm the dates of their travel and stay in Adelaide. The organisers will reserve a hotel room for the two-day duration and will support the delegates in reserving additional nights at preferential rates, if necessary. 

I am not a not a representative of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. How can I book a hotel room in Adelaide? 

The organisers can suggest a list of hotels in Adelaide for you to approach directly and book.

I am an overseas participant and need a letter of invitation before I can arrange my visa. What is the procedure? 

Please write to our Project Officer, Justyna Jochym, at conferenceaucom@gmail.com for further assistance. Please include all relevant details and required information for the letter of invitation. 

As a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, my city would like to showcase a creative project at the conference. How can I do that? 

Please complete the Expression of Interest about the creative project or program you would like to showcase and refer to the selection criteria and relevant deadlines. Please write to our Project Officer, Justyna Jochym, at conferenceaucom@gmail.com for further assistance.

My question is not listed here. Whom do I contact? 

Feel free to contact our Project Officer, Justyna Jochym, at conferenceaucom@gmail.com with questions or concerns.