Belfast awarded prestigious UNESCO City of Music title

Belfast has been awarded the coveted City of Music status by UNESCO, celebrating the city’s rich musical heritage and recognising the importance of music to its future.

Belfast is only the third city in the UK to become a City of Music, with Liverpool receiving it in 2016 and Glasgow in 2008. It is also the first city on the island of Ireland to receive the accolade. As of today, there are 59 Cities of Music forming part of the prestigious UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody and Emmy-nominated composer Hannah Peel have been appointed official Belfast Music patrons, having supported and committed to the delivery of the Belfast bid, which was led by a City of Music Steering Group and submitted by Belfast City Council following extensive engagement and partnership work.

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