Music delegates from 10 countries will converge on Adelaide this week as Adelaide Festival Centre plays host to the Music Subnetwork of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) from March 7-10.
Sixteen Delegates from 11 UNESCO Cities of Music will meet at Adelaide Festival Centre to discuss collaboration and cooperation throughout the network, as well as addressing planned activities in line with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Represented cities are Bolonga (Italy), Gent (Belgium), Kingston (Jamaica), Glasgow (UK), Idanha-a-Nova (Portugal), Mannheim and Hannover (Germany), Hamamatsu (Japan), Katowice (Poland) and Tongyeong (Korea).
The main objectives of the meeting are: define the action plan for the Music Subnetwork of the UCCN; develop collaborative initiatives across the network; build international pathways for South Australian artists; share information and best practice; establish working groups to target specific initiatives for the subnetwork; and showcase Adelaide as a creative, internationally engaged city with music as its heartbeat.
During their gathering, the delegates will meet with a variety of Adelaide’s festival directors and leading music professionals. They will also attend Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival events, participate in the City of Adelaide’s Live Music Summit, visit the Northern Sound System – Youth Music Facility in the City of Playford, tour the SA Museum’s Yidaki/Didjeridu exhibition and visit the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley.
Arts Minister Jack Snelling says: “We look forward to the exchange of creative ideas and information with all these delegates, as well as showcasing the incredible arts culture that ignites the city at this time of year.”
Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier says: “Hosting these delegates here in Adelaide, and showcasing all we have on offer at this vibrant time for the arts, will serve to further strengthen our city’s ongoing and valued connections with UNESCO.”
The visit will conclude at WOMADelaide, Australia’s favourite outdoor music festival, on Friday 10 March.
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