World Cities Culture Forum

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Recently, Bengaluru has become the first Indian city to become part of the World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF).

About World Cities Culture Forum:


  • It was founded in 2012 by Justine Simons OBE, London’s Deputy Mayor for Culture & the Creative Industries.
  • It is a global network of cities that share research and intelligence, and explore the role of culture in future prosperity.
  • The network currently has 40 cities spanning six continents
  • Bengaluru being the latest addition is set to join the league of cities like New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Dubai among others.
  • World cities culture summit hosted on a rotating basis by city partners, an unprecedented gathering of city leaders sharing ideas and knowledge about culture’s role in public policy in a world city context.


Key facts about Bengaluru

  • Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) is a megacity, the capital of the Southern state of Karnataka and the fastest growing city in India.
  • Its population has grown from one million in 1950 to over 16 million in 2023.
  • It is commonly referred to as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’ because of its role as the nation’s leading information technology exporter,
  • It is home to more than 30 government and private museums that showcase the city’s rich history, art and culture.
  • Most recently, South India’s first major private art museum, the Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), opened in February 2023.
  • Bengaluru’s distinction lies in being a rare city where both North Indian (Hindustani) and South Indian (Carnatic) classical music thrive.
  • As the “Garden City of India”, Bangaluru has many green spaces including two nationally recognised botanical gardens, Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park that act as green lungs for the city.


Q1) What is Culture?

Culture is a complex and multifaceted concept that encompasses the beliefs, customs, traditions, values, language, arts, social norms, and behaviors of a particular group of people. It is a shared way of life that is passed down from generation to generation and shapes the identity and practices of a community.

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