The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on 8 November designated Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, as a UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) city. With its inclusion in this list, Srinagar has joined the world’s network of 295 creative cities. Srinagar is the sixth city to be included in this list after Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Banaras, Jaipur.
How are cities selected?
The UCCN is a project initiated by UNESCO in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities that have recognized creativity as a strategic factor in their urban development. Cities designated as creative cities according to UNESCO work together towards a common goal of placing creativity and cultural industries at the center of their development plans at the local level and actively collaborating internationally.
Which cities of India are included?
UNESCO designates creative cities in the categories of crafts, folk arts, media arts, film design, gastronomy, literature and music. The city of Srinagar has been selected in the category of Crafts and Folk Art. Srinagar is the second city after Jaipur that has been selected in this category. Mumbai for cinema, Hyderabad for gastronomy, Chennai and Banaras for his music, he has been placed in UCCN’s list.
Which cities did Srinagar overtake?
UNESCO invites applications for the UCCN project from several cities every year. Applications are sent through the Ministry of Culture in India. The Ministry of Culture has now got the names of Kolkata, Gwalior, Indore and Srinagar cities to be included in the list. As the applications of Kolkata and Indore remained incomplete, the ministry had sent the names of the cities of Srinagar and Gwalior to UNESCO.
Let us inform that earlier Srinagar had applied to be included in the list of UCCN in the year 2018 but at that time the application of Srinagar was rejected.
What will change if UCCN becomes a city?
Experts believe that getting Srinagar the tag of UCCN will enhance the global identity of the city. The city will get international funding. University of Srinagar will be linked with other craft universities in the world. Folk arts and crafts of Srinagar will get a global platform. This can increase the demand for the crafts associated with Srinagar in the world and the products of local artists can reach many countries of the world.