Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai has been added to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) network of creative cities for its valuable contribution to music. Total 64 cities from 44 countries were added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. With this new assignation the total number of cities under the list of network have become 180 from 72 countries.
Please note that Jaipur and Varanasi are the two cities which were earlier added to the UNESCO Creative Cities list last year, so Chennai is the third city to be added from India. Jaipur was added as City of Music and Varanasi as City of Crafts and Folk Art.
UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network
Launched by UNESCO in 2004, the aim of the UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network is to increase cooperation between and within cities for sustainable development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy. The programme gives importance to cities and includes them to list based on following fields:
1)Crafts and Folk Art 2)Design 3)Film 4)Gastronomy 5)Literature 6)Media Arts 7)Music.