Kuching files for creative city list

KUCHING, 10 May 2021: Malaysia’s Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC), is working with the Sarawak government to Award Kuching, the state’s capital UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UNCCN) recognition.

First reported by Bernama, Malaysia’s official news agency, Kuching has filed an application for UNESCO status under the gastronomy category.

UNESCO founded the UNCCN in 2004 to “foster innovation and creativity as a driver towards sustainable city development.”

The network comprises seven categories for creative cities, namely literature, film, music, design, traditional crafts and arts, gastronomy and media arts.

“The diversity of heritage menus and ethnic-based dishes makes Kuching the top choice to be designated as a creative city in the gastronomy category while its rich biodiversity with various herbs can also be used as a food source,” Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, said in a statement, last week.

Following the last round of UNCCN evaluations, announced 30 October 2019, UNESCO confirmed 66 cities Creative Cities based on “their tangible contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through innovative thinking and action.” The Creative Cities Network now counts 246 cities.

“All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy,” said UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay. “This favours political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations.”

Kuching’s application as a City of Gastronomy is under consideration and likely to be approved in October 2021 when the next new listing is released. If successful, it will join 35 other cities on the gastronomy category list.

Cities of Gastronomy

City Country Date of inscription
Afyonkarahisar Turkey 2019
Alba Italy 2017
Arequipa Peru 2019
Belém Brazil 2015
Belo Horizonte Brazil 2019
Bendigo Australia 2019
Bergamo Italy 2019
Bergen Norway 2015
Buenaventura Colombia 2017
Burgos Spain 2015
Chengdu China 2010
Cochabamba Bolivia 2017
Dénia Spain 2015
Ensenada Mexico 2015
Florianópolis Brazil 2014
Gaziantep Turkey 2015
Hatay Province Turkey 2015
Hyderabad India 2019
Jeonju South Korea 2012
Macao Macao 2017
Mérida Mexico 2019
Overstrand Hermanus South Africa 2019
Portoviejo Ecuador 2019
Östersund Sweden 2010
Panama City Panama 2017
Paraty Brazil 2017
Parma Italy 2015
Phuket Thailand 2015
Popayán Colombia 2005
Rasht Iran 2015
San Antonio United States 2015
Shunde China 2014
Tsuruoka Japan 2014
Tucson United States 2015
Yangzhou China 2019
Zahlé Lebanon 2013

(Source: Bernama, UNESCO and Wikipedia table)

For more information on Kuching: https://sarawaktourism.com/kuching/