Hannover, a German city with 540,00 inhabitants, was recognized as UNESCO City of Music in 2014.
The city’s aim has always been to promote art and every genre of music, believing that diversity should have a central role in the city’s policies. Hannover has always nurtured music and creativity. Hannover is the birthplace of the vinyl developed by Emil Berliner, who lived in Hannover before emigrating to the US. Hanover is furthermore the place where the first music cassette was produced and where the first CD was pressed.
The collaboration between the music industry and technology companies that are known world-wide is very important for the city, in order to create economic and artistic development in both areas, in which Hannover is one of the top leaders.
Being a city of great international universities, Hannover has many courses for people who want to learn how to play an instrument or to make group music. The city also has more than 400 choirs all over town.
Hannover is the home of many music events such as:
– Fête de la Musique, held on 21st June, one of the biggest outdoor music festival dedicated to international understanding, tolerance and openness to the world, with an enormously wide range of different artists and music genres. Hannover also regularly invites artists from other UCCN to celebrate the festival.
– The Maschsee Lake Festival, during which the city hosts a UNESCO City of Music stage, establishing a showcase for bands and ensembles from other Music cities worldwide.
– Enercity Swinging Jazz on Ascension Day, an open-air Jazz Festival that hosts top-notch jazz ensembles from all over the globe and that draws up to 40.000 people each year.
– Fährmannsfest, an outdoor festival focusing on alternative music with a number of major rock and pop artists but also includes a family day with activities for the whole family.
– MASALA Weltbeat Festival, a festival dedicated to world music with international ensembles
– International A cappella week and international Choir week with well-known ensembles from Hannover as well as international guests.
– Digital Sounds – a new format to explore the development of digitalisation and sound design in the music industry with talks, panel discussions as well as live-music concerts exploring these new sounds
The city’s goal for the future is to collaborate with other cities of music by creating an internet platform to mantain contacts and to promote Hannover’s music and artists internationally.
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