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  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...
Recognizing the importance of music in fostering cross-cultural understanding and cultural diversity, the Creative City of Hamamatsu, Japan, launched in November 2021 its “Global Sequencer”, an innovative online tool that allows individuals, generations, continents, countries, and cities to connect with sounds. The project, developed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as a response to global travel restrictions, aims to bring the world's population together through sound. Created by sound designer Yuri Suzuki, as part of...
Sanandaj (Iran), a UNESCO Creative City of Music, hosted the seasonal International Music Festival of Awyar, in collaboration with the Sanandaj Music Association, the University of Kurdistan, Knowledge Development Institute, and Kurdistan Islamic Culture and Guidance Office. From 26 to 30 October 2021, a variety of works by international artists and soloists, notably from Iran, Iraq, Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Germany, were presented online to promote quality music and cross-cultural communication. Sanandaj marked...
Salvador (Brazil), a Creative City of Music, is the birthplace of some of the world’s greatest artists from MPB, samba-reggae, rock, pagode, axé and other genres and rhythms. To honour its musical heritage and celebrate its designation as a Creative City of Music, last 22 September Salvador unveiled a new museum installed in an emblematic historic mansion, exhibiting over 800 hours of Bahia music related content. With the entire museum collection presented via interactive audiovisual displays, visitors can explore the city’...