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UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network

UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network:

Kozhikode in Kerala and Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh have been added to the prestigious creative cities list of UNESCO for contributions in the fields of literature and music, respectively

  • UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network was created in 2004.
  • It is To promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.
  • Almost 300 cities around the world currently make up this network.
  • Objective is Placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.
  • UNESCO designates the creative cities in seven fields: craft, folk art, media arts, film design, gastronomy, literature, and music.
  • Every year, UNESCO seeks applications from various cities across the globe to put them under its UCCN project.
  • The applications in India are routed through the Ministry of Culture.
  • Kozhikode is a permanent venue for the annual Kerala Literature Festival and hosts several other book festivals.
  • Gwalior has a rich and diverse musical heritage encompassing classical Hindustani music, folk music, and devotional music.
  • The city also has some prestigious music institutes and hosts popular festivals.