UNESCO City of Music
About the Creative City:
As a Creative City of Music, Manheim envisages:
- introducing other UNESCO Cities of Music to the “Mannheim Music Model” through a new project called “Delegation Tour”;
- actively participating in the UCCN’s Annual Meetings while designing innovative and effective working methods and strategies both for the seven creative fields and the global Network;
- initiating a music-literature symposium “Twin Cities Project” with Edinburgh and Glasgow;
- organizing an international symposium for young culture managers;
- continuing to support candidate cities to the UCCN in the field of music; and
- increasing the international scope of Mannheim’s music festivals.
Rainer Kern, Office of the Mayor,
Facts and Figures
Mannheim (pop. 305,000) is a city in the southwestern part of Germany, the third-largest in the German state of Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. Mannheim is unusual among German cities in that its streets and avenues are laid out in a grid pattern, leading to its nickname “die Quadratestadt” (“The City of Squares”). The eighteenth century Mannheim Palace, former home of the Prince-elector of the Palatinate, now houses the University of Mannheim.
Today Mannheim is one of Europe’s largest inland ports, and its trade in coal and iron is of particular economic importance. Manufactures include medical instruments and supplies, a variety of electrical equipment and instruments, pollution-abatement equipment, chemicals, fertilizer, and food products. Publishing and tourism are also important. Mannheim remains a cultural centre, with the National Theatre and schools of music and drama. The Reiss-Engelhorn Museums and a city museum have collections of art. An annual folk festival is held in May.