UNESCO Creative city of design
Kortrijk has a long-standing tradition of international trade. As early as in the Middle Ages Kortrijk's flax was one of the most important Flemish export products. Thanks to this flax the city acquired a reputation of craftsmanship, quality design and entrepreneurship. Wars and economic setbacks required the textile industry to reinvent itself on various occasions. This necessary transformation turned the region of Kortrijk into what it is today: creative and resilient. That is why, on 31 October, Kortrijk was awarded with the membership of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.