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Srinagar: UNESCO Creative Cities Network

  • 10 Nov 2021
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Recently, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Srinagar as a part of UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

  • After Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Varanasi and Jaipur, Srinagar is the sixth Indian city to achieve this distinction.

Key Points

  • About:
    • The Srinagar city has been designated the creative city in the field of Crafts and Folk Arts - only second city in India in this category after Jaipur.
    • It will not only give global recognition to the Srinagar city but also help it in international funding, tie-ups with craft universities and pitching craft as a product.
    • With this, the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir (Srinagar) 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. The applications in India are routed through the Ministry of Culture.
  • UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN):
    • It was created in 2004.
    • It aims to “promote cooperation among cities which recognize creativity as a strategic factor in their urban development”.
    • The network covers seven creative fields: crafts and folk arts, media arts, film, design, gastronomy, literature and 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).


Source: TH

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