In March 2017, Adelaide hosted the official meeting of the UNESCO Cities of Music subnetwork. Sixteen delegates from 11 UNESCO Cities of Music met at Adelaide Festival Centre to discuss collaboration and cooperation throughout the network, addressing planned activities in line with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Represented cities were Bolonga (Italy), Ghent (Belgium), Glasgow (UK), Idanha-aNova (Portugal), Mannheim and Hannover (Germany), Hamamatsu (Japan), Katowice (Poland) and Tongyeong (Korea).
Direct outcomes from this meeting include a collaborative statement from all the attending cities to UNESCO, and the establishment of working groups to address specific issues. During the gathering, the delegates met with a variety of Adelaide’s festival directors and leading music professionals.
They also attended WOMADelaide, Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival events, participated in the City of Adelaide’s Live Music Summit, visited the Northern Sound System—Youth Music Facility in the City of Playford, toured the SA Museum’s Yidaki/Didjeridu exhibition.