Published on: November 3, 2023

Creative Cities Network

Creative Cities Network

Why in news? On, World Cities Day, 55 cities joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)


  • Gwalior and Kozhikode from India are among the 55 new cities which have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
  • Kozhikode, the venue of choice for the Kerala Literature Festival and several book festivals, was named the ‘City of Literature’ by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network
  • Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, was declared the “City of Music” by UNESCO, as musical heritage is rich and diverse, encompassing classical Hindustani music, folk music, and devotional music in city .

About Creative Cities Network

  • It is a flagship city programme of UNESCO
  • Launch Year: 2004
  • Aim : To promote cooperation among cities which have recognized culture and creativity as strategic drivers of sustainable urban development.
  • Areas covered: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.
  • Mutual international cooperation with and between member cities committed to invest in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.

List of India’s UNESCO Creative Cities Network

  • Srinagar – Craft and Folk Art (2021).
  • Hyderabad – Gastronomy (2019).
  • Mumbai – Film (2019).
  • Chennai – Creative city of Music (2017).
  • Jaipur – Crafts and Folk Arts (2015).
  • Varanasi – Creative city of Music (2015