About Adelaide UNESCO City Of Music

Adelaide is a city with music as its heartbeat.

It is Australia’s first, and only, UNESCO City of Music.

A strong cultural heritage is the backbone of Adelaide’s diverse and vibrant contemporary cultural scene. Its enviable musical reputation hails back to iconic Australian bands like The Master’s Apprentices, The Twilights, Cold Chisel, The Angels and Superjesus; as well as hip hop group Hilltop Hoods, and singer-songwriters Paul Kelly, Sia Furler and Guy Sebastian.

The city is home to countless independent musicians, an entrepreneurial music industry that’s growing by the day, and a plethora of live music venues. The city is admired for its world-class music and arts festivals, leading music education and performance institutions (including Australia’s oldest tertiary music school, the Elder Conservatorium); and for being the founding city of Australia’s national classical music radio network, ABC Classic FM.

Being designated a UNESCO City of Music in 2015 was a proud moment for Adelaide. The esteemed designation means the city became a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, joining 295 others globally (including 59 Cities of Music).

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