• 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.

Important points:

  • 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”.
  • 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 and music.

Indian Cities on UCCN:

  1. Srinagar – Crafts and Folk Arts (2021)
  2. Mumbai – Film (2019).
  3. Hyderabad – Gastronomy (2019).
  4. Chennai- Creative city of Music (2017).
  5. Jaipur- Crafts and Folk Arts (2015).
  6. Varanasi- Creative city of Music (2015).


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