The city of Liverpool was recognized as UNESCO City of Music in 2015.
The population is of 578,324 inhabitants and thanks partly to the music industry and cultural identity in recognizing creativity as a means of sustaining its post-industrial renewal, the city’s economy is in growth.
is at the heart of Liverpool’s contemporary culture, education and economy and the city is fully committed in supporting music in all genres, as well as investing in the role of music as a lever to enhance civic participation and social cohesion.
This purpose has been a city’s strategy since the 1980s and it is being implemented and renewed recently through projects such as the Liverpool Culture Action Plan 2014 – 2018.
One of the reasons why Liverpool has been given this UNESCO honour is definitely for being the birthplace of famous and influential rock bands (such as the Beatles) but especially for its great attention in fostering emerging artists, like it does with the GIT Awards and the LIMF Academy.
Liverpool’s vitality in the music field is shown by the sheer breadth of a diverse scope of festivals like the Liverpool International Music Festival (that won the Best Festival for Emerging Talent award), the Liverpool Sound City, is a two-day festival of live music and arts, the Africa Oye (UK’s largest free African music festival) and the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the oldest surviving symphony orchestra in the country, born 175 years ago. In Harmony, part of an international movement, sees a team from the RLPO giving youngsters the chance to learn a musical instrument. The programme aims to inspire children and their families to celebrate their community through music.
With the city’s interest in emerging artists, a new generation of musicians and performers is being nurtured in city colleges, such as the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), co-founded by Paul McCartney.
The city also undertakes several cross-cutting initiatives with universities and other organisations by supporting talent and creative development for young artists.nd creative development for young artists.
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