UNESCO ‘City of Literature’


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    • Recently ,Kozhikode was proposed by the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) to be branded as a ‘City of Literature’ with the help of UNESCO.


    • It is among the six places that the KILA plans to develop as ‘Creative Cities’.
      • Thiruvananthapuram is vying for the title ‘City of Peace’, Kollam ‘City of Biodiversity’, Kochi ‘City of Design’, Thrissur ‘City of Learning’, and Kannur ‘City of Craft and Folk Arts’.
    • The branding would help Kozhikode get a global reach. Innovative literary events could be organised here showcasing writers from foreign countries. 
    • The credentials for this are being readied now so that the proposal can be submitted in 2023.
    • The Kozhikode Corporation has already started preliminary steps for the purpose. 
    • The civic body is preparing the proposal with the help of the University of Prague in the Czech Republic. 
      • Prague got the tag in 2014. 

    About City of Literature’ 

    • A city designated as Creative City of Literature must have a sufficient number of institutions taking care of the high level of its literary life and promoting literature.
    • Literature is supposed to play an essential part in the city’s life and be given significant support. 
    • The city should have the ability and experience to organise different kinds of literary events, and an appropriate level of literary education should be provided along with quality, quantity and diversity of literary activities.