Belfast's plans to become a UNESCO City of Music

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The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) aims to strengthen cooperation between and among cities that have recognised creativity as a strategic factor of sustainable development with regard to social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects. Music has long been recognised as a distinctive aspect of Belfast's cultural profile, with audience research indicating high levels of engagement locally and our artists giving life the unique Belfast spirit through sound and music on a global stage. As required by the designation process, Belfast City Council will lead on an application to acknowledge Belfast as a UNESCO City of Music. This application will be made in partnership with the City of Music Steering Committee and a range of key stakeholders, including our citizens.

During the European Capital of Culture 2023 bid development in 2018 we completed extensive engagement on culture across the city and identified music as the strongest cultural output/engagement in our city, hence seeking UNESCO City of Music status as recognition of our sector and the importance of music to our city.

At the core of our new cultural strategy is participation and active citizenship, putting people at the heart of our programmes and following genuine co-design processes. UNESCO ask for evidence of this in the application. We want to use this hub to engage with citizens across the city about our plans for UNESCO City of Music and the associated action plan.

The final submission needs to happen on 30th June, but the engagement on this project will not stop there!

Introductory video to outline the UNESCO application is available here

https://vimeo.com/545457572


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The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) aims to strengthen cooperation between and among cities that have recognised creativity as a strategic factor of sustainable development with regard to social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects. Music has long been recognised as a distinctive aspect of Belfast's cultural profile, with audience research indicating high levels of engagement locally and our artists giving life the unique Belfast spirit through sound and music on a global stage. As required by the designation process, Belfast City Council will lead on an application to acknowledge Belfast as a UNESCO City of Music. This application will be made in partnership with the City of Music Steering Committee and a range of key stakeholders, including our citizens.

During the European Capital of Culture 2023 bid development in 2018 we completed extensive engagement on culture across the city and identified music as the strongest cultural output/engagement in our city, hence seeking UNESCO City of Music status as recognition of our sector and the importance of music to our city.

At the core of our new cultural strategy is participation and active citizenship, putting people at the heart of our programmes and following genuine co-design processes. UNESCO ask for evidence of this in the application. We want to use this hub to engage with citizens across the city about our plans for UNESCO City of Music and the associated action plan.

The final submission needs to happen on 30th June, but the engagement on this project will not stop there!

Introductory video to outline the UNESCO application is available here

https://vimeo.com/545457572


Please feel free to use some of the tools below and share your opinions with us.


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    Youth music

    by Moyra Haslett, 30 days ago
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    MTV EMAs / Culture Night

    by AIrwin, 4 months ago

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    Live Music Now - bringing music to young and old

    by Live Music Now, 5 months ago

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    Belfast Trad Fest

    by I Burrows, 5 months ago

    In September 2014 – Ray Morgan, Chairperson of the Glengormley School of Traditional Irish Music, had the vision of establishing an annual five-day event in the form of a Traditional Music Summer School in Belfast. Ray approached traditional musician and producer Dónal O'Connor and after they had developed an initial concept they contacted a number of music organisations within Belfast and discussed the feasibility of implementing their ideas. Following a number of exploratory meetings, the organisations came together and formally constituted the Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music, in June 2015.

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    Belfast Music Story

    by Davy Sims, 5 months ago

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    Belfast Culture Night

    7 months ago

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