Peter: What's your name? Wendy (well satisfied): Wendy Moira Angela Darling. What's yours? Peter: Peter Pan.

J M Barrie

Bologna, Italy - UNESCO City of Music

As the first Italian city to be appointed to the Network, Bologna has demonstrated a rich musical tradition that is continuing to evolve as a vibrant factor of contemporary life and creation.  It has also shown a strong commitment to promoting music as an important vehicle for inclusion in the fight against racism and in an effort to encourage economic and social development.  Fostering a wide range of genres from classical to electronic, jazz, folk and opera, Bologna offers its citizens a musical vitality that deeply infiltrates the city's professional, academic, social and cultural facets.

Brazzville, Rep of Congo - UNESCO City of Music

Awarded 21 October 2013. Information to follow.

Gent, Belgium - UNESCO City of Music

The city of Ghent has a reputation as a well-established centre for music with a rich tradition and inclusive approach to culture. The city possesses a complete infrastructure of creative and performing activities, with an impressive number of concert halls, education facilities and research centers. There is a solid support given to a variety of music genres, through a wide range of festivals such as the Festival of Flanders and different organizations, including the Federation of Music Festivals in Flanders (FMiV) and the European Festivals Associations (EFA). In addition, training and research activities are considered of core importance to the city with diverse education possibilities for local young artists, enabling them to develop their interest and career in the music field.

Glasgow, Scotland - UNESCO City of Music

Glasgow has a strong and varied muscial tradition, and an impressive 130 music events take place in a typical week, ranging from pop and rock to celtic and opera. Glasgow City of Music objectives are to use the title to:

  • promote excellence in all sorts of music from rock to opera;
  • to stimulate interest in musical education;
  • to re-conceive Glasgow culturally as a world music centre;
  • to improve access to music for all ages and social and ethnic backgrounds;
  • to take part in the global network of UNESCO Creative Cities.

Scotland is the only country to have two Creative Cities - Edinburgh is a UNESCO City of Literature.  The two Cities look forward to developing strong partnerships between their artforms.

Seville, Spain - UNESCO City of Music

Not only is the city of Seville a highly recognised centre of creativity and musical activity, but it is also a rich reflection of centuries of musical tradition and influence on a global scale.  Extraordinary musical events bring together artists from all walks of life, attracting quality, passion and diversity to a city that continues to support and boost its industry with great pride. In Seville, music is everywhere and above all engages everyone.  From symphonies, operas and public open spaces dedicated to music, to foundations, youth organisations, schools and conservatories, the city offers all of its citizens a way to become involved in creating and appreciating music.