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Srinagar joins UNESCO's network of creative cities

The 49 cities were added to the network of 246 cities following their designation by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, in recognition of 'their commitment to placing culture and creativity at the heart of their development and to sharing knowledge and good practices'

A boatman rows his shikara past a chinar tree during the autumn season, at Dal lake, in Srinagar. (PTI)Premium
A boatman rows his shikara past a chinar tree during the autumn season, at Dal lake, in Srinagar. (PTI)

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is among the 49 cities selected worldwide to join the UNESCO creative cities network (UCCN) on Monday.

The 49 cities were added to the network of 246 cities following their designation by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, in recognition of "their commitment to placing culture and creativity at the heart of their development and to sharing knowledge and good practices".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He wrote, “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. Congratulations to the people of Jammu and Kashmir," PM Modi added.

As per an official release posted on the UNESCO site, the network now numbers 295 cities reaching 90 countries that invest in culture and creativity – crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music – to advance sustainable urban development.

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Published: 08 Nov 2021, 10:15 PM IST
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