The city of Liverpool receives ‘City of Music’ honour from Unesco

Posted on 15 December 2015
By Khyle Deen
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The city that spawned The Beatles has been recognised as a City of Music by the United Nations.

Liverpool was awarded the honour due to the notion that music has a “place in the heart of the city’s life” following a bid by Liverpool City Council.

Unesco noted that Liverpool’s special commitment to a “clearly defined” music, education and skills strategy for young people.

Liverpool is now the second city in the UK to receive the honour by Unesco, Glasgow being the first, receiving it in 2008. An additional 10 global destinations have also been awarded the title, including the home of reggae, Kingston in Jamaica.

The City of Music award is part of Unesco’s Creative Cities Network, which was created in 2004 to promote “cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.”

Judges said the city is a “haven for music” with festivals such as its International Music Festival, Sound City and Psych Fest events. Unesco also noted the importance of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and dance music institution Creamfields.

Mayor Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool is renowned for its musical influence and this status is the ultimate, and appropriate, accolade for a city which lives and breathes music.”

Vasily Petrenko, chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra said the award recognises “one of the world’s great music cities.” A council spokesman said the award would “open up opportunities to
further market the city’s musical heritage and, ultimately, bring more tourists to the city.”