Katowice, the capital of the upper Slesia region in Poland, has joined UNESCO’s network of creative cities as City for Music in 2015.
After a deeply scaring Industrial age, Katowice is using music and culture for recovering city’s potentialities.
Trasformation of heavy industry in creative industries has driven the city to a re-birth, developing fields of music and arts towards social renovations.
The key-concept of this social policy is to let everyone express and enjoy their musical inclination and their talent and consequently, the MUSICHub was created, a sort of incubator for musical and creative start-ups. Another project linked to the promotion of new ideas is the Musicgrants programme, a system of grants dedicated to innovative and original projects in the music scene.
Katowice has always reserved lots of spaces to activities connected with music, hosting 30 music clubs and 24 concert halls. The main concert hall is the Theatre of Silesia, built between 1905 and 1907.
After the convertion of industrial ares, the city has also found many new structures to enhance: the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra opened in 2014, The simphony, a concert hall of Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, and the Youth Palace, a space projected for young talent in Katowice wanting to improve and deepen their passions linked with music but also with other arts.
Moreover, the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music is the oldest higher education institution in the region, and today students can choose between two faculties Faculty of Composition, Education, Interpretation and Jazz and the Vocal and Instrumental Faculty. To be mentioned, the Museum of Silesian Organ hosted within the Academy.
The government and the private associations invest substancial resources in the organization of events: every year the city hosts more than 20 different events like the “OFF Festival”, the city’s alternative festival, the “Rawa Blues”, the largest indoor blues festival in the world and the Tauron Nowa Muzyka, the city’s avant-garde, electronic, jazz and dance festival.
There are also two famous jazz festivals: Katowice JazzArt Festival and Silesian Jazz Festival.
Creative requalification of heavy industry gave to the city a great relevance on both national and international scenes: this process is still carrying on generating welfare and social growth.
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