Czech Republic

UNESCO City of Music

since 2017

Brno is unique in its multicultural tradition (Bohemian, Moravian, German, Jewish and Romani cultures) and the whole South-Moravian region has a long and rich folk music tradition. The City of Brno has established 10 cultural organisations (including an opera house, musical theatre and philharmonic orchestra). These are complemented by an exceptionally rich and varied range of associations, agencies, ensembles and artists.

Musical personalities associated with Brno include Leoš Janáček, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Pavel Haas, Bohuslav Martinů, Magdalena Kožená, Iva Bittová and Woody Vasulka. Established institutions that continue to operate include the folklore association Slovácký krúžek (1908), the Brno Conservatory (1919), the Gustav Brom Bigband (1940), the Brno Philharmonic (1956) and the Exposition of New Music festival (since 1987).

The city’s economy is oriented toward services, specialized technologies and the trade fair business; there is substantial representation of the music industry and the creative sector of the economy. Science, technology, research and education are also significantly developed.

Brno cooperates with 16 partner cities and, is a member of international networks of cities with music components, e.g. EFA, CENTROPE, EUROCITIES, LIKE and partner networks (Horizon 2020, URBACT).

As a Creative City of Music, Brno envisages:

  • work together with other UCCN cities on the creation of new international projects, residencies and educational programs;
  • enhance on international recognition of the historically rooted musical identity of Brno as the central representative of a region that is unusually fertile musically
  • strengthen the cultural and creative industries as strategic pillars of the city‘s development, in long-term
  • create a working scheme for inclusion of young culture managers within the music cities meetings


Martina Výrková, coordinator

Brno UNESCO Creative City of Music

GSM: +420 739 372 309

Facts and Figures

Brno (pop. 380,000 plus 100,000 daily commuters), the second largest city in the Czech Republic, is the leading cultural and also administrative centre of the South Moravian Region, one of the richest musical regions in the world. Brno is also a major multicultural and university centre (over 75,000 university students), with a strategic location amidst Central European metropolises such as Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Krakow and Budapest.

UNESCO granted three designations to the city of Brno. Next to the City of Music UNESCO label, the rich archive of Leoš Janáček, most internationally played Czech composer in terms of operas (Jenůfa, Káťa Kabanova, The Cunning Little Vixen, The Makropulos Affair, etc), was added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

The functionalist Villa Tugendhat designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the 1920s for the wealthy family of Fritz Tugendhat, and finished in 1930, was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001.