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Srinagar is now a part of UNESCO ‘Creative Cities Network’

  • Category
    International Relations
  • Published
    16th Nov, 2021

Context

Recently, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Srinagar as a part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

Important facts about the designation

  • The Srinagar city has been designated the creative city in the field of Crafts and Folk Arts - the only second city in India in this category after
  • It will not only provide international recognition for the city of Srinagar but also help it with international funding, networking and vocational universities and pitching arts as a product.
  • With this, Srinagar (the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir) has entered the club of 295 creative cities network across the world.
  • Every year, UNESCO seeks applications for various cities across the globe for putting them under its UCCN project. 
    • In India, the applications are routed through the Ministry of Culture.

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)

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: 
    • Crafts and folk arts
    • Media arts
    • Film
    • Design
    • Gastronomy
    • Literature
    • Music
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