Srinagar city has not only grand history and heritage but has all the potential to attract tourists from all over the world who have different interests in heritage.
Recently Srinagar got UNESCO tag under Creative Cities Network. The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir was chosen as ‘City of Craft & Folk Art for UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) 2021’.
It is a major recognition of the crafts and arts of Jammu and Kashmir Srinagar City has been chosen under the UNESCO creative city network under the Crafts and Folk Arts Category.
The inclusion of Srinagar in the creative city network for the arts and crafts has paved a way for the city to represent its handicrafts on the global stage through UNESCO.
The UNESCO creative city network involves seven creative fields’ arts and folk art, media, film, literature, design, gastronomy and Media arts.
The dossier for nomination for Srinagar as Creative city was first filed by Srinagar in 2019 however only 2 cities Hyderabad for Gastronomy and Mumbai for Film were chosen during that year. Prior to year 2019 only three Indian cities have been recognized as members of UCCN for creative cities namely – Jaipur (Crafts and Folk Arts) in 2015, Varanasi (Creative city of Music) in 2015 and Chennai (Creative city of Music) in 2017. For the year 2020 UNESCO did not call for applications for the creative city network.
Process of nomination of Srinagar under the UNESCO Creative City Network. This is the recognition of the historical Crafts and Arts of the City.