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Issue 41 - Glasgow city of music

Scotland Magazine Issue 41
October 2008

 

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Glasgow city of music

Almost 20 years after it held the title European Capital of Culture, Glasgow has been confirmed as a UNESCO City of Music.

The title sets the seal on Glasgow’s reputation for music, forged over many years from the many events and music acts the city produces.

The bid was based on the city’s local, national and international importance as a musical centre; the historic and current importance of music to the city; the outstanding excellence of its musicians and practitioners; the depth, creativity and commitment of its policy both with regard to music itself, and also to music as a tool of social regeneration and improvement.

Glasgow joins only 10 other cities as part of UNESCO’s worldwide Creative Cities Network. In order to qualify, cities need to demonstrate a strong creative pedigree in either: literature; cinema; music; craft and folk art; design; media arts; or gastronomy.

Following the successful bid, a new organisation will be created to maximise on this new title. It also aims to present a major event in the city to celebrate the UNESCO award and the city’s music.