In october 2017 Norrköping was designated as a City of Music member in the global network UNESCO Creative Cities. The aim of the network is to stimulate collaborations between creative cities, where creativity is an important part of the identity and integrate culture in urban development. Also, it is a network with a global perspective in reaching the Agenda 2030 sustainability goals.
To become a City of music UNESCO require a solid music life with diversity and a broad spectra of genres combined with a longterm vision and activityplan.
– This network confirms Norrköping as a city of music and a creative city in a global aspect. I look forward to the new opportunities and connections it will bring with it and we plan to be an active part, sais Lars Stjernkvist (S), chairman of the board in the municipality of Norrköping.
This city host many genres, an active livescene and great education for young musicians. Festivals and culture is a growing industry but most of all music is a part of the identity of Norrköping.
Östersund, UNESCO City of Gastronomy, was the first swedish city to join the network and they were awarded the Swedish UNESCO-prize 2017 after hosting the annual meeting in 2016.
UCCN is also a new opportunity to raise awarness and develop the cultural and creative businesses in the Region of Östergötland. The aim of the network is to become an active platform between creative cities and regions. Some cities have developed an exchange between Universities and there is also a budding network for Trade and industry; Creative Cities Business Network.
In Norrköping there is a unique combination of the young, up to date music hub, a special sound of reggae and pop, international acts of metal, awardwinning jazzmusicians and acentury old classic tradition with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. Festivals of all kinds and the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Song Competition make people visit Norrköping as part of an expanding music tourism in the Region Östergötland.
Concerts with world class acts and artists and gatherings like showcase and industryconference "Where´s the music" complete the picture of an enthusiastic underdog with Stockholm, home of international music producers and lables, within an hours reach.
Music is an important part of the city from preschool through the educational system and organisations, school of culture, El Sistema etcetera. In Norrköping we create things together to make things happen.