Creative Cities Network Current Affairs - 2020

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Mumbai and Hyderabad included in UNESCO Creative Cities Network

On October 30, 2019, 66 cities were designated by UNESCO as Creative Cities. The cities are named creative based on their mission to place creativity and creative economy at the core of their urban development to make their city safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal

From India, Hyderabad and Mumbai were included in the list of Creative Cities this year. They were announced on World Cities Day.

Till now the following cities were included in the list for the respective categories

  • Varanasi-Music
  • Chennai-Music
  • Jaipur-Crafts and Folk art

About Creative Cities Network

The network brings together cities that base development on music, arts, music, design, folk crafts, literature, cinema, digital arts or gastronomy. Mumbai was selected based on cinema and Hyderbad was selected based on Gastronomy.

Mumbai for its cinema-centric aura gained the name “City pf Dreams” and Hyderabad known for its Biryani and other food items has gained the name “The Home of Haleem and Biryani”. In 2010, Haleem was honored with the Geographical Indication status and hence became the first meat-based product from India to win the prestigious tag.

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Chennai included in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network for Contribution in Music

Chennai, capital city of Tamil Nadu was recently included in United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) Creative Cities Network for Contribution in Music.

It was among 64 cities from 44 countries that were designated as UNESCO Creative Cities. With inclusion of these cities, total count of UNESCO Creative Cities Network has now gone up to 180 cities in 72 countries.

Chennai is the third Indian city on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities list after Varanasi (added as City of Music) and Jaipur (City of Crafts and Folk Art) were added last year.

UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network

UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network was launched in 2004. It aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.  It includes cities within its seven creative fields (Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music). It strengthen cooperation with and among cities that have recognised creativity as strategic factor of sustainable development in regards with the economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects.

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