Georgia's capital Tbilisi, seaside city Batumi join UNESCO Creative Cities Network

The Black Sea city of Batumi and capital Tbilisi are two of the 49 locations joining the network this year. Photos: Jelger Groeneveld CC BY 2.0/Tbilisi City Hall., 10 Nov 2021 - 14:21, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia's capital Tbilisi and the Black Sea coastline city of Batumi are two of the 49 most recent cities to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, an initiative aiming to stimulate creative industries and showcase cities supporting them.

The new member cities were announced by the United Nations cultural organisation - which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year - on Monday, taking the number of member locations to nearly 300.

Tbilisi City Hall, which had nominated the capital city for inclusion, said the status meant a focus on supporting media art and "implementation of both one-time and long-term projects" in the city over the next four years.