KATHMANDU, Nov 1: Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, has been accorded the prestigious status of a UNESCO Creative City, also marking its inclusion in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The city joins a group of 350 cities from more than 100 countries already in the network. Among the 55 cities added to the network, Kathmandu has been recognized for its contributions to the world of film.
Nabin Manandhar, spokesperson for the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), revealed that the metropolis chose the film genre from among the seven areas designated for creative cities. To become a part of the network, cities were required to select one of the following creative genres: craft and folk art, music, film, literature, gastronomy (food dishes), media art, and design. In this regard, the KMC opted for the film genre as it has the potential to encompass all areas effectively.
Kathmandu's creative city status is attributed to its rich historical and archaeological narratives interwoven with the daily lives of its people, geographic features, settlements, and a wealth of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Notably, the city's Jatra festivals, traditional attire, and culinary heritage represent the vibrant essence of Kathmandu.
Following its inclusion in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Kathmandu anticipates receiving substantial international support, integrating culture into development policies and plans, and nurturing the cultural and creative industry.
Out of the 55 cities added to the network this year, 16 have been recognized for their contributions to music, six in design, seven in crafts and folk art, 10 in literature, seven in gastronomy, and four in media arts.