UNESCO City of Music

since 2019

Music and Ambon City cannot be separated. Music seems to have been the pulse of the movement of a city known as the Ambon Manise because of “musical intuition” which is outwardly embedded in the Ambonese blood and pulse. Then came the expression “Ambonese from the stomach can sing or hum”. Ambonese have DNA Music where DNA is a genetic carrier network in a living organism. This can be proven by the ability: 1) sounds harmony by feeling. Can not be found anywhere in the world harmony can be done automatically; 2) absolute hearing against pitch control or certain frequencies; 3) Timbre (various vocal colors) “.

Music is not only a part of art but music has become an Ambonese culture (a representation of the Moluccas). As an example came a large number of singers from Ambon City who had made Indonesia famous in national and international competitions and dominated the music market at certain times with different timbre. Thus, Ambon music has become a barometer of music in Indonesia.

The second to the music sector, gastronomy is developing particularly intensively in Ambon. Indonesia is famous for its excellent cuisine, thanks to the richness of fruits, vegetables, spices and seafood. For a long time, Ambon, as a port city, was an exporter of spices, such as cloves. The city hosts the Music Art and Food Festival, in which representatives of other cities and regions also take part. The Amboina International Bamboo Music Festival and Conference also features international guests, focusing not only on music but also on the craft of performing on traditional instruments.

Today music is an icon and vehicle for creating interfaith togetherness with its universal strength in penetrating differences. Music becomes a temporary tool of peace and will be used as “added value” and “characteristic of Ambon city” to be juxtaposed with other world music cities


Ronny Loppies

Ambon Music Office

Facts and Figures

Ambon is the capital of the Maluku region in eastern Indonesia, consisting of five districts, covering around 1,000 islands. Currently, the City of Ambon and the entire province are managed by the Mayor and the deputy, elected by universal suffrage for a period of five years. The city has a very extensive network of public institutions, especially educational and cultural institutions. The total area of Ambon City is 377 km2. The population in Ambon City is 394,415 people as of 2017. The beginnings of the settlement date back to 1513, when the Portuguese came to the island. Ambon is a city that has been affected by conflicts in the past (including religious-based ones) is currently a peaceful and safe place where believers of different religions live in friendship and peace. Ambon has a tropical climate, which results in evergreen and extremely luxuriant vegetation. The climate, beautiful beaches, fauna and flora, as well as the innate hospitality and friendliness of the residents, make Ambon an excellent tourist destination.