Gwalior And Kozhikode Make It To UNESCO’s New Creative Cities Network; Here Are The Others

by Tooba Shaikh
Gwalior And Kozhikode Make It To UNESCO’s New Creative Cities Network; Here Are The Others

Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and Kozhikode in Kerala recently made it to the new UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The list serves to acknowledge the culture and creativity that a particular city has harnessed while developing strategies for human-centred development and urbanisation. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization announced the newly inducted cities on their website. The announcement coincided with World City Day. Here is everything you need to know about this update.

UNESCO’s New Creative Cities Network

UNESCO recently announced the new 55 cities that have been added to the Creative Cities Network. Two cities from Indian states were added to the list this year, Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior and Kerala’s Kozhikode.

Gwalior was selected in the category of music whereas Kozhikode was selected in the category of Literature. The Creative Cities Network is divided into seven categories. They are Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music. Together with the latest additions, there are now a total of 350 cities from more than a hundred countries in the Creative Cities Network.

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Complete List Of Cities Added This Year

A total of 55 cities were added to the list. They are as follows: –

  • Vicente Lopez, Argentina; Film
  • Veliky Novgorod, Russia; Music
  • Varazdin, Croatia; Music
  • Valencia, Spain; Design
  • Umngeni Howick, South Africa; Crafts and Folk Art
  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Crafts and Folk Art
  • Tukums, Latvia; Literature
  • Toulouse, France; Music
  • Taif, Saudi Arabia; Literature
  • Sura, Indonesia; Crafts and Folk Art
  • Suphan Buri, Thailand; Music
  • Şanlıurfa, Turkey; Music
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Literature
  • Penedo, Brazil; Film
  • Oulu, Finland; Media Arts
  • Ouarzazate, Morocco; Film
  • Okayama, Japan; Literature
  • Novi Sad, Serbia; Media Arts
  • Nkongsamba, Cameroon; Gastronomy
  • Montreux, Switzerland; Music
  • Montecristi, Ecuador; Crafts and Folk Art
  • Mexicali, Mexico; Music
  • Kutaisi, Georgia; Literature
  • Kozhikode, India; Literature
  • Kathmandu, Nepal; Film
  • Ipoh, Malaysia; Music
  • Iloilo City, The Philippines; Gastronomy
  • Iasi, Romania; Literature
  • Hoi An, Vietnam; Crafts and Folk Art
  • Hobart, Australia; Literature
  • Heraklion, Greece; Gastronomy
  • Gwalior, India; Music
  • Granada, Spain; Design
  • Gangneung, South Korea; Gastronomy
  • Fribourg, Switzerland; Gastronomy
  • Da Lat, Vietnam; Music
  • Concepción, Chile; Music
  • Chongqing, China; Design
  • Chiang Rai, Thailand; Design
  • Chaozhou, China; Gastronomy
  • Cetinje, Montenegro; Design
  • Castelo Branco, Portugal; Crafts and Folk Art
  • Casablanca, Morocco; Media Arts
  • Caracas, Venezuela; Music
  • Caen, France; Media Arts
  • Bydgoszcz, Poland; Music
  • Bukhara, Uzbekistan; Crafts and Folk Art
  • Buffalo City, US; Literature
  • Bremen, Germany; Literature
  • Bolzano, Italy; Music
  • Bissau, Guinea-Bissau; Music
  • Battambang, Cambodia; Gastronomy
  • Banja Luka, Bosnia; Music
  • Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; Design
  • Asaba, Nigeria; Film

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What are your views on this? Let us know in the comments below!

To access the full list of Creative Cities Network in the Asia Pacific region, click here.

To read more about this year’s list, click here.

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