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UNESCO creative cities network (UCCN)


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has picked Srinagar among 49 cities as part of the creative city network under the Crafts and Folk Arts category.

  • The inclusion of Srinagar in the creative city network for the arts and crafts has paved a way for the city to represent its handicrafts on the global stage through UNESCO.


About Creative Cities Network:

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.

Objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.


The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.


Joining the Network, cities commit to sharing their best practices and developing partnerships involving the public and private sectors as well as civil society in order to:

  1. Strengthen the creation, production, distribution and dissemination of cultural activities, goods and services;
  2. Develop hubs of creativity and innovation and broaden opportunities for creators and professionals in the cultural sector;
  3. Improve access to and participation in cultural life, in particular for marginalized or vulnerable groups and individuals;
  4. Fully integrate culture and creativity into sustainable development plans.


As of November, 2019, there are five Indian cities in UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) as follows:

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


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Sources: the Hindu.