Seville, the capital city of Andalusia and fourth largest city of Spain with 700,000 inhabitans, was recognized as UNESCO’s City for Music in 2006.
It was already highly associated with the centre of creativity and musical activity: Seville reflects centuries of musical tradition, music is everywhere in the city and engages everyone. A special attention is set on planning and developing festival, music school, meeting and projects: from symphonies, operas and public open spaces dedicated to music, to foundations, youth organizations, schools and conservatories. The city offers to all of its citizens a way to become involved in creating and appreciating music.
Reasons why Seville has obtained this title – as first UNESCO’s city for Music – are various as Music’s genres developed during its history: the most important is Flamenco, also recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010.
Moreover the city exhibits a deep tradition of musical events of every genre: classical and symphonic, chamber-music, traditional and contemporary, jazz, pop, choral and opera.
The goals about role of the music in the city are to strenght link between music and creativity, citizenship, heritage and cooperation.
Two of most famous music festivals in Europe take place in Sevilla:“La Bienal de Flamenco”, to celebrate all kinds of Flamenco expressions hosting thousands people from all over the world, and “FèMAS – EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL”, the oldest ancient music festival in Spain.
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