The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Srinagar as Creative City in India on 8 November 2021.

After Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Varanasi and Jaipur, Srinagar has entered in the list of 295 creative cities network in the world.

In 2004, UNESCO launched the project “to promote cooperation among cities which recognized creativity as a strategic factor in their urban development” .

“Delighted that beautiful Srinagar joins the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) with a special mention for its craft and folk art. It is a fitting recognition for the vibrant cultural ethos of Srinagar,” Prime Minister congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

UNESCO designates the creative cities in the fields of Craft, Folk Art, Media Arts, Film Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music and every year UNESCO calls applications for joining the network.

The unique tag helps in getting global recognition and benefit international funding, tie-ups with eminent craft universities of the world.

Creative Cities Network offers “unparalleled opportunities for cities to draw on peer learning processes and collaborative projects in order to fully capitalize on their creative assets,” says the official website of the UNESCO.

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