Sunday, May 26, 2024

Gwalior and Kozhikode enter UNESCO’s list

Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and Kozhikode in Kerala have earned places in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network list, with UNESCO officially announcing the news on its website to coincide with World Cities Day. Kozhikode is recognized as the ‘City of Literature,’ while Gwalior is named the ‘City of Music’ in this prestigious list. These cities are celebrated for their dedication to integrating culture and creativity into their development strategies and for their innovative approaches to human-centric urban planning.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed immense pride in this achievement, highlighting Gwalior’s deep-rooted connection with music. He stated, “India’s cultural vibrancy shines brighter on the global stage with Kozhikode’s rich literary legacy and Gwalior’s melodious heritage now joining the esteemed UNESCO Creative Cities Network. As we celebrate this international recognition, our nation reaffirms its commitment to preserving and promoting our diverse cultural traditions.” PM Modi also acknowledged Gwalior’s significant contribution to the world of music and hoped for the city’s musical traditions to continue inspiring future generations.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah commended the inclusion of Gwalior and Kozhikode in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, emphasizing that this global recognition strengthens India’s cultural identity.

Kerala Tourism Minister P A Mohammed Riyas regarded UNESCO’s recognition as a gift to the state, especially as it coincides with Kerala’s formation day. Kozhikode, a historically significant city in the southern state, has now been acknowledged as the City of Literature, marking a historic achievement for India.

UNESCO revealed the full list of 55 new cities designated for their creative contributions, each recognized for their unique creative value. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network now encompasses 350 cities from over a hundred countries, representing seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.

These newly designated Creative Cities have been invited to participate in the 2024 UCCN Annual Conference in Braga, Portugal, under the theme “Bringing Youth to the table for the next decade.” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay praised the cities in the Creative Cities Network for their role in promoting culture, creativity, and urban development.

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