Karlsruhe is UNESCO City of Media Arts

Francis Karat:
Francis Karat: "Grüße aus'm Schwarzwald", 2023. photo: Benjamin Breitkopf

Welcome to the city of media art!

In 2019, Karlsruhe became the first and so far only city in Germany to be awarded the title of Creative City of Media Arts by UNESCO and to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). The global network was founded in 2004 to promote cooperation with and between cities that have identified creativity and culture as a strategic factor in building sustainable urban societies.

Against this background, the city of Karlsruhe, as an internationally networked UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts, promotes media art projects, as well as art and culture professionals, and facilitates the presentation of contemporary digital, interactive and virtual media art in urban public spaces.

In addition to the world-renowned ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, unique events such as the annual SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE or the art festival Seasons of Media Arts inspire their audiences in the city of universal media art.