Experts, businesses and individuals shared experiences of UCCN cities to help Thua Thien Hue meet the criteria and soon enroll in the network.

Experts in a discussion at the symposium

Many said that cuisine is a feasible and suitable approach for the locality to build a creative city when joining the UCCN.

Assoc. Prof., Dr. Nguyen Thi Thu Phuong, Director of the Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, said  that if Hue chooses the culinary field, the process of preparing data for the application in 2025 or 2027 will need a systematic implementation roadmap from now, and the city should gain experience from the Republic of Korea’s Jeonju city.

Permanent Deputy Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Phan Ngoc Tho said that Hue's cuisine had as many as 1,700 out of 3,000 dishes in Vietnam recorded in the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 - 1945)'s documents.

Over the past years, the province has made efforts to preserve and promote traditional values, as well as the creativity for culinary development, thus contributing to creating livelihoods and income for local people as well as unique local cultural and tourism products.

This is in accordance with the requirements that UNESCO sets for candidates to join the network, he added.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is a flagship city program of UNESCO launched in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities which highlight culture and creativity as strategic drivers of sustainable urban development. As of 2022, there were almost 300 cities from around 90 countries in the network.

Source: VNA