It is with great pleasure that we announce that on December 11th, following the decision of Irina Bokova, the Director General of UNESCO, Katowice have received the title of UNESCO City of Music and have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
This success is the result of many years of hard work and preparation, as well as the effect of consequential political support for the creative and cultural industries in Katowice, where the music industry is a vibrant, valued and quickly developing sector, in particular thanks to the such projects as Off Fetival, Tauron New Music, Rawa Blues Festival and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Kraków – the first and only Polish City of Literature has been a long-time supporter of Katowice’s application, convinced of the exceptional qualities of the city and its music, cultural and creative sectors.
The City of Music Network is currently composed of the following cities: Adelaide (Australia), Bologna (Italy), Bogota (Columbia), Brazzaville (Democratic Republic of Congo), Ghent (Belgium), Hamamatsu (Japan), Hannover (Germany), Idanha-a-Nova (Portugal), Kingston (Jamaica), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Mannheim (Germany), Medellín (Colombia), Salvador (Brazil), Seville (Spain), Tongyeong (Republic of Korea), Varanasi (India).
Katowice are the first City of Music in Central and Eastern Europe and the second, after Krakow (City of Literature), UNESCO Creative City in Poland.