UNESCO’s City Of Literature:
Kozhikode was proposed by the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) to be branded as a ‘City of Literature’ with the help of UNESCO.
- It is among the six places that the KILA plans to develop as ‘Creative Cities’. Thiruvananthapuram is vying for the title ‘City of Peace’, Kollam ‘City of Biodiversity’, Kochi ‘City of Design’, Thrissur ‘City of Learning’, and Kannur ‘City of Craft and Folk Arts’.
- UNESCO’s City of Literature programme is part of the wider Creative Cities Network.
- The Network was launched in 2004, and now has member cities in seven creative fields.
- The other creative fields are: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Media Arts, and Music.
- A city designated as ‘Creative City of Literature’ must have a sufficient number of institutions taking care of its literary life.