Liverpool made UNESCO City of Music
The home of the Fab Four has been honoured for its world class commitment to music, past, present and future
It was already a World Heritage Site and a world ‘Capital Of Pop,’ but Liverpool has received further recognition of both its importance to music and the importance of music to it, after it was made a UNESCO City of Music.
Selection criteria for the honour include a city’s past, present and future relationship with music, accounting for its ability to create world class talent, the musical pull for tourists and the music education opportunities that it provides. Liverpool is the second city in the UK to be recognised as a UNESCO City of Music, with Glasgow receiving the honour in 2008.
The mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool is renowned for its musical influence and this status is the ultimate, and appropriate, accolade for a city which lives and breathes music.”
Continuing: “It’s no secret that music is one of the biggest reasons that visitors come here – you only need look at the numbers of people going to The Beatles Story, or the crowds that head to annual events such as Sound City or LIMF to see that.”
Anderson added: “I’m confident that with the support of such a globally-respected name as UNESCO, this will grow further and people will realise that it is not just about the city’s contribution to music history, but is about the exciting things happening right now.”
Liverpool is home to both The Beatles and the legendary Cavern Club, in which the band their teeth with some of their earliest performances.