UNESCO City of Literature


  • Kozhikode was proposed by the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) to be branded as a City of Literature with the help of UNESCO. 

Key Details of City of Literature

  • The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is a project launched by UNESCO in 2004 to “promote cooperation among cities which recognized creativity as a strategic factor in their urban development”.
  • UNESCO’s City of Literature programme is part of the wider Creative Cities Network.
  • By joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), cities commit to sharing their best practices and developing partnerships involving the public and private sectors as well as civil society in order to strengthen the creation, production, distribution and dissemination of cultural activities, goods and services.

    UNESCO City of Literature
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  • They also pledge to develop hubs of creativity and innovation and broaden opportunities for creators and professionals in the cultural sector.
  • UNESCO designates the creative cities in seven fields — Craft, Folk Art, Media Arts, Film Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music. 

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in India

  • Srinagar, Chennai and Varanasi – UNESCO Cities of music,
  • Jaipur – UNESCO City of crafts and folk arts;
  • Mumbai – UNESCO city of film and
  • Hyderabad – UNESCO City of gastronomy.

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UNESCO Creative Cities Network

  • UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a project of UNESCO launched in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities which recognized creativity as a major factor in their urban development.
  • The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, by 9 Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.



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