Two Indian Cities in UCCN

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Two Indian cities – Mumbai and Hyderabad – have been designated as members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).


  • While Mumbai has been designated in the field of FILM, Hyderabad has been designated in the field of GASTRONOMY.
  • UCCN was created in 2004.
  • The cities under the network are thriving and active centres of cultural activities.
  • In total, there are 246 cities under the network.
  • Cities from every continent and region and of different income levels form a part of the Network.
  • The idea behind the network is for these cities to come together for a common cause of placing creativity and the creative economy at the fore front of urban development.
  • It wants to make cities safe, resilient, sustainable and inclusive in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • There are 7 categories in which a city is placed by the UCCN. They are:
    • Crafts and Folk Arts
    • Design
    • Film
    • Gastronomy
    • Music
    • Media Arts
    • Literature
  •  Previously, three Indian cities were recognized by the UCCN:
    • Jaipur-Crafts and Folk Arts(2015)
    • Varanasi-Creative city of Music (2015)
    • Chennai-Creative city of Music(2017)
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