Why is it in the news ?

Hyderabad has now been officially designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

Along with that Mumbai also has been entered into the global network of creative cities under the film category.

What is UNESCO Creative City Network ?

  • It was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.
  • The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.

Why is Hyderabad put under Gastronomy ?

  • Cuisine Tourism- Food is an integral part of the culture in Hyderabad.
  •  Starting from the Pre-Islamic Kakatiya cuisines (12th century) have interacted in an incredible fashion with the arrival of Turks in the 15th century, followed by Mughal influences in the 17th century.
  • The industry employs 12% of the city’s population either directly or indirectly.

Why is Mumbai put under the Film Category?

It has been the hub of cinema from pre-independence till now, starting from movies such as Alam Ara, Raja Harishchnadra.

Previously, 3 Indian cities were recognized as members of UCCN,namely-

  1. Jaipur- Crafts and Folk Arts(2015)
  2. Varanasi - Creative city of Music (2015)
  3. Chennai - Creative city of Music(2017)