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Onto the stage and into the spotlight

Auckland is now a UNESCO Creative City of Music

Published: 1 November 2017
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Whip out your guitar, belt out that tune and rock those moves – you’re officially living in a Creative City of Music!

Auckland has been designated a UNESCO Creative City of Music.

We join a network of the cities around the world developing and celebrating creativity across international borders. The creative cities network comprises 180 cities from 72 countries across seven creative fields including music.

Councillor Alf Filipaina – an enthusiastic supporter of the bid driven by Auckland Council –, Recorded Music NZ and APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association), is excited to share Auckland’s distinctive sound with the world and strengthen our city’s music focus.

“From indie folk and brass bands to waiata aroha, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Lorde, there’s no doubt music is a part of us. It goes right to Auckland’s roots, with waiata woven into our history and everyday culture,” he says.

“Supporting Auckland as a creative city and growing our music industry will enrich city life, the cultural landscape and build community identity and liveability for all Aucklanders.”

Music is an integral part of Auckland life with seven out of ten of us attending a music event in the last three years. In 2016 Auckland Council adopted Toi Whῑtiki, an arts and culture action plan to grow the music industry. Already around half of New Zealand’s creative sector is based in the city.

Mark Roach at Recorded Music NZ says he’s excited about the potential the new status will have for Auckland’s future. “Music is a transformative power, not only as a cultural staple but also as an economic driver for the city. The designation will strengthen the social fabric and position of Auckland as the music capital of the Pacific.”

Our city has joined the ranks of 18 other fellow cities of music, including Glasgow, Bologna, Adelaide, Liverpool and Hanover. 

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