From 23 to 27 May, Bologna welcomes a delegation from the Japanese city of Hamamatsu, to meet and talk in particular about music teaching in our city, i.e from primary school to advanced level training.
The delegation from Hamamatsu, recently appointed as UNESCO Creative City for Music, like Bologna, includes members in charge of the education, of the cultural policies and of the direction of the prestigious Museum of Musical Instruments of the Japanese city.
The daily schedules of the visit are focused on the connection between music teaching and school education and they consist in a series of concerts, workshops, meetings and guided tours, with the involvement of the subjects working in the field of music education in Bologna, although to different extents – like the Museum of Music, the Department of Arts – of Bologna University, the Opera House Teatro Comunale, the Philharmonic Academy, the Music Conservatory G.B. Martini, the Bologna Festival.
Among the many events on schedule, it’s worth mentioning the concert taking place on the 25th of May, at 8 p.m., in the Aula Magna of S. Lucia. The concert is part of “I Classici in classe” – The Classics in classroom, an art music festival organized by the schools belonging to the Bologna area and promoted by the Music Education Group “Saggiatore musicale” (SagCEM), in collaboration with “Centro la Soffitta” of the Department of Arts of the University of Bologna.
This is not the first time that Bologna and Hamamatsu are collaborating. In 2014, the Mayor of Bologna Virginio Merola and the Mayor of Hamamatsu, Yasutomo Suzuki, have signed a cooperation agreement for the music field, by which the two cities committed themselves to increase their cultural exchanges, involving not only their own institutions, but also professionals, exceptional talents and creative industries working in the music field.
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