ABOUT US

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OUR CITY: ADELAIDE


Adelaide is a city with music as its heartbeat.

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

Adelaide is bursting with creativity and culture. South Australia is known for its world-class events and festivals, and the city and its surrounds boast a calendar packed with exciting showcases and cultural events. Our passion for arts, culture and live music are second to none.

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.

Adelaide’s backbone is its diverse and vibrant cultural heritage. Its enviable musical reputation hails back to iconic Australian bands from The Master’s Apprentices, Cold Chisel and The Angels, to contemporary trailblazers like the Hilltop Hoods, and Tkay Maidza, and singer-songwriters Paul Kelly, Guy Sebastian, and Sia Furler.

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 and continues to be 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). Members from six continents cover seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts. Other UNESCO Creative Cities in Australia include Melbourne (Literature), Bendigo (Gastronomy), and Sydney (Film).

Adelaide, like others in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, is a city that believes music has the power to change lives profoundly. It’s looking towards the future to build on its already vibrant and exciting cultural scene, and to further its international reach.

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UNESCO CREATIVE CITIES NETWORK

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a network of 295 cities across the globe that are working towards the common goal of placing creativity, and cultural industries, at the heart of their development plans. By joining the network, cities commit to sharing their best practices and developing partnerships.

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What We Do

1What does the Adelaide UNESCO City of Music Office do?

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a network of 295 cities across the globe that are working towards the common goal of placing creativity, and cultural industries, at the heart of their development plans. The UCCN was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with - and among - cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. 



Culture and creativity is promoted in all of the network’s cities at both a local and international level. By joining the network, cities commit to sharing their best practices and developing partnerships.

2What does the designation mean?

Put simply, the ‘City of Music’ designation recognises excellence: the world’s Cities of Music are specialists in the craft, and there’s an obligation on them to nurture and support their art form and collaborate internationally.
 



The UNESCO designation is also an investment in the future. Cities of Music are expected to share best practices and projects that ensure music reaches as broad and diverse an audience as possible, locally and globally. They’re also expected to embrace long-term global partnerships and other opportunities that can support and promote the local music sector. The designation helps to not only integrate and engage citizens, music makers and creatives; but also institutions and the tourism sector, through diverse music activities and local, national and global cooperation.


3What does the office do?

As a UNESCO City of Music we:

  1. Advocate the value of music to enrich lives, celebrate diversity and improve wellbeing and promote cultural diplomacy
  2. Promote South Australian music globally, through the UNESCO Creative Cities network
  3. Connect musicians, music organisations and the music sector locally, and through the UNESCO Creative Cities network
4Do you support or fund projects?

The Office will occasionally call out for applications for initiatives from individuals and organisations when working with project partners. However, the Office is not currently resourced to fund projects.



5Is the office a Government agency?

The Office is a not for profit operating as a company limited by guarantee.

6Who supports the Adelaide UNESCO City of Music Office?

We are currently supported by Arts SA, the City of Adelaide, Adelaide Festival Centre, the South Australian Government’s Department for Innovation and Skills through the Music Development Office (MDO), and The University of Adelaide.

7Where is the office located?

The office is now located at St Paul’s Creative Centre, 200 Pulteney Street, Adelaide.

8Who are the other UNESCO Cities of Music across the world?
There are currently 59 Music Cities as part of the network:
Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates (2021)
Adelaide – Australia (2015)
Amarante – Portugal (2017)
Ambon – Indonesia (2019)
Almaty – Kazakhstan (2017)
Auckland – New Zealand (2017)
Batumi - Georgia (2021)
Belfast - United Kingdom / Northern Ireland (2021)
Bogota – Colombia (2012)
Bologna – Italy (2006)
Brazzaville – Democratic Republic of Congo (2013)
Brno – Czech Republic
Chennai – India (2017)
Daegu -Republic of Korea (2017)
Essaouira (Morocco) – (2019)
Frutillar – Chile (2017)
Ghent – Belgium (2009)
Glasgow – Scotland (2008)
Hamamatsu – Japan (2014)
Hannover – Germany (2014)
Havana – Cuba (2019)
Huancayo- Peru (2021)
Ibagué – Colombia (2021)
Idanha-a-Nova – Portugal (2015)
Kansas – United States of America (2017)
Kazan – Russian Federation (2019)
Katowice – Poland (2015)
Kharkiv – Ukraine (2021)
Kingston – Jamaica (2015)
Kinshasa – Democratic Republic of Congo (2015)
Kırşehir – Turkey (2019)
Leiria – Portugal (2019)
Liverpool – UK (2015)
Lliria – Spain (2019)
London – Canada (2021)
Mannheim – Germany
Medellin – Colombia (2015)
Metz – France (2019)
Morelia – Mexico (2017)
Norrkoping – Sweden (2017)
Pesaro – Italy (2017)
Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) 2019
Port Louis – Mauritius(2021)
Praia- Carbo Verde (2017)
Ramallah – Palestine (2019)
Recife – Brazil (2021)
Salvador – Brazil (2015)
Sanandaj – Iran Islamic Republic of (2019)
Santiago de Cuba – Cuba(2021)
Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic (2019)
Seville – Spain (2004)
Tallinn- Estonia (2021)
Tongyeong – Korea (2015)
Varanasi – India (2015)
Valparaíso – Chile (2019)
Valledupar -Colombia (2019)
Veszprém – Hungary (2019)
Vranje – Serbia (2019)
Xalapa – Mexico (2021)
9What are some of our achievements?
Adelaide’s membership of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network was granted in recognition of its heritage, diversity and commitment to music over many decades. Adelaide’s designation has galvanised the city and state of South Australia to use music as a connector and a way of celebrating our diverse music culture.
Read more about the Adelaide UNESCO City of Music Activity: 
2017/18 Activity Report
2018/19 Activity Report

2019/20 Activity Report

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OUR TEAM

Board of directors

Maria Amato

Treasurer

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Vincent Ciccarello

Deputy Chair

Douglas Gautier AM

Director

Jessy Khera

Director

Professor Graeme Koehne AO

Chair

Amanda Pepe

Director

Andrew Walker

Director

Tracy Whiting AM

Director