Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Adelaide designated a Creative City of Music by UNESCO

Adelaide designated a Creative City of Music by UNESCO
December 12, 2015

Adelaide's vibrant music scene has led to the city’s formal recognition by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a Creative City of Music.

Joining 19 global cities noted for their music cultures and 116 cities in the broader UNESCO creative cities network, Adelaide’s application was driven by the city's Festival Centre, the South Australian Government's music development office and by Adelaide City Council.

Welcoming the UNESCO announcement, South Australia Arts Minister Jack Snelling said the designation was a great honour for the city, stating “we have a wonderful range of musical culture in Adelaide, ranging from classical music such as the Australian String Quartet, the Adelaide Chamber Singers, right through to our wonderful rock bands who cut their teeth here in Adelaide - bands such as Cold Chisel.”

Under threat from noise and legal issues in recent years, changes affecting South Australia's liquor laws were aimed have encouraged venues to have live music performances.

Highlighting this, Minister Snelling added “the Government has a particular commitment to live music because that is really where our wonderful artists of the future are able to cut their teeth, so we've made particular investment in that area to make sure that it's a scene that thrives.”

Music SA General Manager Lisa Bishop, said the formal recognition was well deserved, telling the ABC “on average, we see over 950 live music gigs a month in 150 venues just in the city and the outer suburbs, so that's not [even] taking into account all the incredible activity happening in the regions.

"There is just a willingness for businesses, arts and music organisations to work together and deliver programs that create more jobs, bigger audiences and thriving venues."

Adding that further changes could still be made to facilitate live music, Bishop stated improvements could make “it less bureaucratic for venues to stage live music, and to do it at a best-practice level”, and concluded "I think there's more opportunity in the regions to create regional touring circuits, to make that more affordable for artists and ... there's still opportunities for commercial radio to acknowledge local artists more."

The South Australian Government and Music SA agreed the listing as a city of music would create more chances for international music collaborations.

Member cities are required to report to UNESCO on their cultural activities every four years.

In October, Adelaide became the first Australian city to join the International Festivals City Network (IFCN). 

Images: WOMADelaide (top) and the Adelaide Guitar Festival (below)..

15th October 2015 - ADELAIDE THE SOLE AUSTRALIAN CITY INVITED TO JOIN EXCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL CITY NETWORK

14th August 2015 - ADELAIDE STUDY SHOWS 157 VENUES HOSTED LIVE MUSIC EVENTS IN MAY

13th August 2015 - LIVE MUSIC WORTH OVER $15 BILLION TO AUSTRALIA IN 2014

13th August 2015 - LIVE MUSIC A BIG CONTRIBUTOR TO THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY

17th July 2015 - ADELAIDE SEEKS RECOGNITION AS AN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CITY

26th March 2014 - LIVE MUSIC VENUES THREATENED BY NEW LAWS AND NOISE COMPLAINTS

24th November 2013 - ADELAIDE MUSIC REPORT CALLS FOR EDUCATION AND AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

AlphaFit

AUSTRALIAN MADE. BUILT NOT BOUGHT. AlphaFit is a 100% Australian owned family company manufacturing gear specifically for the strength and conditioning, functional fitness and high-performance…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

VLOCKER

Vlocker Pty Ltd has been designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing locker systems worldwide since 1995. Vlocker specialises in providing locker solutions to suit client requirements in…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Safety / Security / Venues

 
 

NOVOFIT

NovoFit is an exciting and dynamic new company born from two of Australia’s leading commercial fitness equipment suppliers. NovoFit combines over 45 years of industry expertise, delivering state…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 

Envibe

With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology

 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

HIDROPLAY

Hidroplay welcomes you to the exciting world of children's Playscapes, waterslide's and Water Attractions. Appealing to families, Hidroplay increases patronage in your facility during those…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business