The City of Adelaide, Australia, recently hosted the World Meeting of “UNESCO Creative Cities for Music”, and this gives us the chance to describe another City of Music, like Bologna, from a closer look.
In Adelaide, capital city of South Australia with 1.300.000 citizens, live music is the core of its cultural life and an essential component of its cultural policies. Creativity and live music are highlighted as drivers to create a more vibrant and sustainable city, and as levers for economic development.
Adelaide has developed its 2016-2020 strategic plan based on four key-words, which are bound to empower the city’s commitment to creativity and openness: smart, green, livable, creative.
An essential part of strategic plan is the “Live music action plan”, conceived according to three action lines: promotion of local talents and development of the public; reactivation and empowerment of locations for rehearsals and concerts; economic support and offer of services to the Music industry.
Throughout the year, Adelaide hosts many arts and music festivals, focused on fostering cooperation and exchange at both national and international levels. Every year, WOMADelaide gathers over 86,000 people, with 45% of the audience coming from outside the region.
The Adelaide Festival Centre holds many international development programmes and festivals, such as OzAsia Festival, Australia’s leading arts festival, entirely dedicated to engagement with Asia; DreamBIG Children’s Festival, one of Australia’s greatest festivals for young people; Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the biggest and best cabaret festival in the world; Guitar Festival, an immersive, four day festival celebrating the world’s most popular instrument.
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