Kerala’s Kozhikode – India’s first UNESCO ‘City of Literature’

Jun 24, 2024

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UNESCO's City of Literature programme is part of a wider Creative Cities Network which was launched in 2004 and is currently made up of 350 UNESCO Creative Cities globally.

Members are drawn from more than 90 countries and cover seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music, and Media Arts. The Network was born out of UNESCO's Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity initiative, which was created in 2002.

The Creative Cities Network’s aim is to "promote the social, economic and cultural development of cities in both the developed and the developing world."

The UNESCO Cities of Literature network of 53 cities represents 6 continents and 39 countries, and a combined population of over 26 million.

To be approved as a City of Literature, cities need to meet a number of criteria set by UNESCO. Designated UNESCO Cities of Literature share similar characteristics:

Cities submit bids to UNESCO to be designated a City of Literature. The designations are monitored and reviewed every four years by the organization.

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