UNESCO City of Music
The city of Bologna was appointed a UNESCO City of Music on 29 May 2006.
As the first Italian city to be appointed to the Network, Bologna has demonstrated a rich musical tradition that is continuing to evolve as a vibrant factor of contemporary life and creation.
Also a member of UNESCO's International Coalition of Cities against Racism, Bologna is reaping the universal nature of music as a vehicle for communication, reinventing the way in which people from all walks of life, young and old, are living and interacting with one another.
Helping foreign students to overcome language barriers, some Bolognese schools are organizing music workshops to encourage socializing among students regardless of their language skills.
Orchestra do Mundo, an international musical collaboration between the Italian city and the favelas of Sao Paulo, is another example of how Bologna is engaging communities well beyond its borders not only to reinterpret ethnic music in the electronic form but also to help break the cycle of poverty by giving voice to those who are rarely heard.
By mobilizing international teams, exploring new forms of urban animation and redefining public space, Bologna is drawing on music as a natural and abundant raw material to achieve very concrete goals.