The annual meeting of UNESCO Cities of Music is currently taking place in Norrköping, Sweden. The host city is the cultural capital of the Östergötland region, 130 kilometres south of Stockholm. Like Brno, Norrköping has been a UNESCO Creative Cities Network City of Music since 2017.
Brno is represented at this meeting by the main project coordinator David Dittrich and coordinator Jana Padrnosová. The meeting is attended by representatives of a total of 25 UNESCO cities of music from all parts of the world, from London in Canada, Pesaro in Italy, Tallinn in Estonia, to Hamamatsu in Japan, and Auckland in New Zealand. Sustainable development issues are also on the agenda. It was agreed that UNESCO Cities of Music will push for the inclusion of culture among the main pillars of sustainable development. During the meeting, a new president and vice-president of the UNESCO Cities of Music network, which currently includes 59 cities from around the world, are elected. In Norrköping, a number of joint City of Music projects are being discussed. Representatives of Brno individually discussed specific collaborations and artist exchanges with the cities of London, Katowice, Tallinn, Veszprém, and Pesaro. Representatives of Brno also invited other cities to join the UNESCO stage, which will take place on 12 August as part of this year’s Brno Music Marathon.
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