UNESCO City of Music

since 2015

About the Creative City: 

Situated in Portugal’s Centro Region, Idanha-a-Nova lives by the rhythm of music, with the Municipality’s logo representing two Adufe tambourines. With this percussion instrument being a genuine symbol of the local identity, its presence is reflected throughout the city; the annual magazine dedicated to the city’s traditions and music history is named after the instrument. With an array of cultural events taking place, this publication has become a popular guide for tourists and locals wanting to learn about the city’s heritage and festivals. 

Over the last twenty years, The Boom Festival has undoubtedly become the most popular local music event and animates the city for one week during the summer period, turning Idanha-a-Nova into a concert area covering 140 hectares. This event gathers more than 40,000 festivalgoers coming from 150 countries worldwide to attend a wide range of 800 artists’ performances. In Idanha-a-Nova, the importance of social cohesion through music is the key focus of the 130-year-old Idanhense Brass Band, a research and training centre which fosters intercultural dialogue and gives people of all ages the opportunity to participate and experience traditional and contemporary music. Other private and civil society organisations are also supporting music-centric projects, as well as trying to advance music in public policy by collaborating with the city’s administration in bottom-up initiatives.

The Municipality of Idanha-a-Nova fully integrates creativity as an essential component of the city’s strategies and plans. As for the music sector, the city’s vision not only focuses on increasing audiences but also on providing enough training spaces for musicians and entrepreneurs to thrive. To this end, the Municipality established in 2013 the Idanha Incubator of Creative Industries dedicated to training and business development assistance, focusing predominately on cultural production, green economy and sustainable development.

As a Creative City of Music, Medellín envisages:

  • developing a learning curriculum for audio-installations to enhance the quality of venues and sound equipment, reach new audiences and encourage a wider practice and appreciation of music;
  • organizing a national academic event on management procedures aimed to share expertise and further discuss the challenges faced by local music industries, especially in the digital era, as well as boost the private music sector while exploring new approaches towards creative works, distribution chains and new markets;
  • fostering the mobility of artists within the UCCN by opening the line-ups of the city’s major music festivals, and developing a large artist-in-residence programme to benefit young musicians; and
  • creating an online music library as a common dissemination platform, with music, podcasts and interviews from Creative Cities, to enhance exchanges of know-how and experience.


Lina Botero Villa

Sub-secretary of Art and Culture

Cultural Affairs Office


Medellín Music Alive (ES)

Facts and Figures

Medellín, officially the Municipality of Medellín, is the second-largest city in Colombia and the capital of the department of Antioquia. It is located in the Aburrá Valley, a central region of the Andes Mountains in South America. Medellín is important to the region for its universities, academies, commerce, industry, science, health services, flower-growing and festivals.


380.64 km2 (146.97 sq mi)