Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 07, 2023


Unesco City of Music

In reply to the Hon. T.A. FRANKS ().1 December 2022).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Arts has advised:

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network recognises cities that prioritise creativity, and place cultural industries at their heart. Adelaide has long been known for its arts and culture, and our designation as a UNESCO City of Music acknowledges this. This distinction is not based on infrastructure but rather on the breadth and depth of our current musical activities, as well as our rich cultural heritage and musical contributions.

Our designation from UNESCO recognises that governments past and present, both local and state, have combined to enable the development of our rich music culture. This culture spans across emerging hip-hop through life-changing programs at Northern Sound System, to our world-class Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; from our award-winning singer-songwriters to our outstanding music educators, and everything in between. Additionally, the designation recognises our outward-looking and internationally engaged musical activity, through entrepreneurial music exports, festivals, and collaborations.

Adelaide's music community continues to deliver outstanding music globally, across all genres and forms, and our designation as Australia's first and only UNESCO City of Music remains strong.