Chennai has been included in United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition.
More Information on Chennai’s inclusion in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network
Chennai is the third Indian city to be included in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. Jaipur and Varanasi have already featured in the network for their contributions to music and folk arts.
- Few months ago, Union Culture Ministry had submitted a dossier to nominate Chennai for the Creative Cities Network.
- Chennai is one of the 64 cities designated as UNESCO Creative Cities last month. Other cities that were designated last month include Cairo (Egypt), Cape Town (South Africa), Manchester (UK), and Milan (Italy).
- Chennai is home to some of India’s greatest music composers and playback singers. Every year, renowned artists from different places in India come to Chennai to perform during its music season in December and January.
- On being included in the network, Chennai will now hold cultural events for four years to highlight its musical tradition. These events will be monitored by the UNESCO.
About UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network:
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.
- Currently 180 cities across 72 countries are a part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network.
- These cities have a rich tradition in either/any of the seven fields of creativity viz. Gastronomy, music, crafts and folk art, media arts, design, film and literature.
- The cities which have been included in the Creative Cities Network work with a common objective i.e. to place creativity and cultural industries at the centre of their development plans at the local level and cooperate actively at the international level.