- Hyderabad selected in UNESCO’s latest list in the creative cities network
- Mumbai selected in Film category
- UNESCO Creative cities network launched in 2004 to promote creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development
Hyderabad: Hyderabadis have a reason to be proud. According to UNESCO’s latest list in the creative cities network, Hyderabad has been included in the Gastronomy category alongside Mumbai, which is included in the Film category. These two states are included among 66 new cities in the UNESCO creative cities network on World Cities Day today.
With this, India now has five cities in four different categories in the UNESCO list. There are seven categories in the creative cities network: Music, Media Arts, Literature, Gastronomy, Film, Design, and Crafts and Folk art. India already has Chennai and Varanasi in the Music category and Jaipur in the Crafts and Folk art category.
After a top UNESCO official recently concluded her visit to Hyderabad, it was speculated that Hyderabad was in contention of being included in the creative cities network in the Gastronomy category. Hyderabad was one of the four forwarded applications in the Gastronomy category to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
Glad to announce that Hyderabad is selected as @UNESCO CREATIVE CITY in Gastronomy category, on the occasion of World Cities Day today. It’s among the 2 cities from India in list of 66 cities, other being Mumbai in Film category.
— KTR (@KTRTRS) October 31, 2019
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. The cities, which made into this network, work towards a common objective. That is “placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level”.
At the same time, Istanbul is all set to host UNESCO creative cities Annual conference in 2021.
What is Gastronomy?
Gastronomy is the study of the relationship between food and culture, including the art of preparing and serving rich or delicate and appetising food. It also includes cooking styles of particular areas.