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Leiria, a UNESCO Creative City of Music, recently launched the first edition of its Creative City of Music Festival. From 16 to 18 November, the Festival hosted both well-known and emerging talents in the fields of alternative music, jazz and classical music. Promoting new musical creations, the Festival also presented seventeen original works to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the Nobel laureate writer José Saramago. Inspired by Saramago's literary works, the seventeen compositions were premiered in Leiria’s theatres, establishing...
From 23 to 25 September, Kırşehir, a Creative City of Music, organized the International Neset Ertas Memorial Festival, commemorating the artist with the aim of nurturing local musical culture. Musicians, experts, and city representatives, including over 50 participants from UNESCO Creative Cities such as Afyonkarahisar, Batumi, Hannover, Kutahya and Pesaro, participated in the Festival. Featuring a compilation of concerts, performances and panel discussions, the Festival created an enabling platform for sharing of knowledge, experiences...
From 27 to 31 August, Vranje, a Creative City of Music, was animated by its cultural festival “Days of Vranje”. This cultural manifestation, which has reached its 18th edition, is organized annually by Vranje Tourist Organization with the support of the Municipality of Vranje. Furthermore, it is also one of the pillars of the city’s action plan as a UNESCO Creative City. This year, the “Days of Vranje” was characterized by its richness in crosscutting cultural events covering different creative fields such as music, crafts and folk art...
  From 4 to 31 May 2022, Vranje (the Republic of Serbia), a UNESCO Creative City of Music, will hold the 22nd edition of its traditional music festival “May the Month of Music”. Organized in collaboration with “Stevan Mokranjac” Music School, and with financial support from the City of Vranje and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, the festival promises to be a rich and multifaceted culture experience for all. This year, numerous artists have been selected, from various ensembles and orchestras, as well as soloists....
On the occasion of Nowruz, Sanandaj (Iran), a UNESCO Creative City of Music, hosted a dedicated festival to mark the beginning of the Persian New Year. Held also simultaneously by the cities of Tehran, Hamedan and Kermanshah – a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, various events were organized in Sanandaj with the participation of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, involving more than 50 000 citizens, artists, and various stakeholders. In 2010, the United Nations recognized 21 March as the International Day of Nowruz....
On 31 March 2022, Hannover (Germany), a UNESCO Creative City of Music, together with the city’s creative industries association “kreHtiv Netzwerk Hannover e.V”, will be holding the “Digital Sounds Online Meet Up”. Digital Sounds is both a project and a network whose aim is to create synergies amongst sound design, acoustic listening, the music industry and digital business.   The event is designed as an opportunity for digital professionals from all over the globe to converse and share their knowledge and ongoing projects on digital...
Over 18 and 19 March, Vranje (Republic of Serbia), a UNESCO Creative City of Music will be organizing its “Urban songs from Vranje” Festival to celebrate and promote its musical heritage with a focus on traditional urban songs.   Indeed, since the second half of the 19th century, urban songs have continuously been at the core of Vranje’s musical and cultural heritage, whose traditional a capella vocal and instrumental arrangements have been listed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Urban...
Until the end of March, Kansas City (United States of America), a UNESCO Creative City of Music since 2017, is organizing “Our Global Mantra”, an international campaign to celebrate and share the voices and experiences of women through creative expression.   “I expect the extraordinary and I will find it / I accept the ordinary and it will find me” is the two-line mantra at the origin of this movement. Throughout the month of March, women across the globe are invited to record a 30-second video sharing their translation of the...
On 17 and 18 May 2022, Kırşehir (Turkey), a UNESCO Creative City of Music since 2019, will host its International Music Conference. Organized in collaboration with Kırşehir Ahi Evran University, the Conference will welcome a diversity of participants, with a total of 62 academics from across the globe, as well as speakers from UNESCO Creative Cities of Music including Hannover (Germany), Kansas City (United States of America), Mannheim (Germany) and London (Canada). Participants will share their respective experiences in addressing locally...
To celebrate the historical bonds between Cuban and Congolese traditional rhythms, Havana (Cuba), a Creative City of Music since 2019, invited musician Ray Lema to lead, on 21 January 2022, a master class on Congolese Rumba for the students of the Guillermo Tomás Music Conservatory of Guabanacoa. The conference was co-organized by several Cuban institutions, as part of the 37th edition of the city’s Jazz Plaza Festival.   During this emotional and musical exchange, Lema discussed with the audience about African musical heritage, a...