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Find out more about Hull’s ambition to be a UNESCO City of Music

An event to discuss Hull’s ambition to become a UNESCO City of Music will take place this month.

Free tickets are now available to book for the session, hosted by Hull City Council, that will see Professor David Wilson, Expert Advisor to UK Commission for UNESCO on the Development of Creative Cities discuss the benefits and opportunities the UNESCO status could bring to the city.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network has 295 cities reaching 90 countries that invest in culture and creativity – crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music – to advance sustainable urban development.

In the UK there are several UNESCO Creative Cities:

  • Media Arts: York
  • Literature: Exeter, Norwich, Nottingham, Edinburgh
  • Film: Bradford
  • Music: Liverpool, Glasgow, London, Belfast
  • Design: Dundee

The event, due to be held on Wednesday 24 January, will also outline the history of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, share case stories from existing creative cities across the world, navigate the application process, and outline Hull’s next steps.

Councillor Rob Pritchard, portfolio holder for culture and leisure said:

“Hull has ambition to apply to be a UNESCO City of Music and we would like our residents to be a part of that journey.

“UNESCO status could have massive benefits for the city’s already incredibly extensive music scene, with access to a network of almost 300 other cities worldwide, sharing cultural and creative ideas and knowledge.

“This is the first step in bidding to UNESCO and we’re really keen to ensure we have the backing of the people living here, especially those already engaged in local music.”

This month’s event also will see the results of research commissioned by the council last year, presented by Kada Research. An assessment of the economic impact of the creative sector has been undertaken, with special attention paid to music and film. An infrastructure audit of assets that support cultural and creative activity will also be presented.

The event will take place on Wednesday 24 January at 6pm at Social, Humber Street. Free tickets are available to book here.

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