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19 projects out of 51 were shortlisted following the Call for Proposals 2017/2018 to support the internationalization of Bolognese music, an initiative that aims not only at supporting the participation of musicians, artists and professionals in international festivals, tours and exchange programs but also at hosting artists from other UNESCO Creative Cities of Music.
On 21 June, musicians from three Creative Cities of Music have met and performed at Fête de la Musique in Hannover, Germany.  An annual music festival celebrated by many countries around the world, Hannover has, this year, set up a “city of music stage” which featured not only local bands but also bands from other Creative Cities of Music, such as Dan Astles from Liverpool, Kolory from Katowice, and Subliminal Legacy from Idanha-a-Nova.
Musicians from the two UNESCO Creative Cities of Music will meet at the International Choir Festival of Hannover, Chortage Hannover. Sense of Sound Singers with Jennifer John from Liverpool and Sub5 from Hannover will be performing together at the festival.
There are, in Kingston old quarters, a geography of dereliction, social discomfort and crime that rank this city in the top thirty in the world with respect to murder. However, this city is a global cultural icon, the birthplace of six distinct musical genres. Kingston is waiting to be the catalyst for the expansion of cultural tourism in Jamaica. The city beckons to imagine tourism differently to reflect the creative ethos it birthed which changed the musical landscape of the world forever.
The philosophy of the MASALA Weltbeat Festival is “diversity”, just like masālā, the fiery mixture of spices of Indian cuisine. The main program of the festival's 22 year-long history, has showcased 290 bands from more than 80 different countries.
From 3 to 6 April, Bologna, a Creative City of Music, will be hosting Dunedin, a Creative City of Literature, at the 2017 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. At the end of last year, Bologna called all members of the UCCN to reflect on the Fair’s main thematic on promoting a city’s publishing houses, illustrators, new technologies, animated films and young people fiction.
Tongyeong International Music Foundation (TIMF), in cooperation with other artistic institutions and partners, calls for musicians of the UNESCO Creative Cities to apply to the TIMF Academy 2017.
Deputy Mayor for Culture Annelies Storms had a very specific profile in mind. The new city composer had to be young, not yet well known, but already experienced; he/she had to be able to reach out to a broad audience through cross-overs with other disciplines; he/she has to be an ambassador for Ghent both on a national and an international level. After a thorough deliberation a commission of experts unanimously advised to appoint Fulco Ottervanger as the Ghent city composer for 2017-2019.
From 12 to 16 December, Hamamatsu will be hosting the 2016 edition of the Sound Design Symposium. This event falls under Hamamatsu’s membership to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of Music.
The Creative City of Music of Bologna connects the creative fields and calls for one of the Network’s member to display a stand at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2017 which will take place from the 3 to the 6 April 2017. This world famous event for children’s and young adult publishing industry annually gathers over 25,000 visitors and showcases 1200 exhibitors, with over 98 countries represented from across the world.