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Kozhikode to vie for UNESCO ‘City of Literature’ distinction

Published: 4th Apr, 2022

Kozhikode to vie for UNESCO ‘City of Literature’ distinction


Kozhikode has been proposed by the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) to be branded as a ‘City of Literature’ under the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

Why has Kozhikode been proposed as the City of Literature?

  • Kozhikode has a legacy of writers such as Vaikom Mohammed Basheer, Sanjayan, S.K. Pottekkatt, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, N.N. Kakkad, and U.A. Khader.
  • Adding to this is the presence of literary publications such as the Mathrubhumi weekly, a vast network of libraries and annual literary events such as the Kerala Literature Festival.


About UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)

  • UCCN was created in 2004.
  • It aims to “promote cooperation among cities which recognize creativity as a strategic factor in their urban development”.
  • Sustainable Development Goal 11 aims for Sustainable Cities and Communities.
  • The network covers seven creative fields:
    1. Crafts and folk arts
    2. Media arts
    3. Film
    4. Design
    5. Gastronomy
    6. Literature
    7. Music

Indian Cities on UCCN

  • Srinagar - Crafts and Folk Arts (2021)
  • Mumbai – Film (2019)
  • Hyderabad – Gastronomy (2019)
  • Chennai- Creative city of Music (2017)
  • Jaipur- Crafts and Folk Arts (2015)
  • Varanasi- Creative city of Music (2015)

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