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Belfast music

From punk to proms, trad to rock legends and fantastic emerging new talent, Belfast’s music scene (past and present) is one that everyone can be proud of. 

There’s already a host of music-related activity in the pipeline for Belfast throughout 2018-2019. We’re becoming the preferred prime location for one-off events and there’s an annual programme of music activities citywide.

Over the next few years, we’ll be working in partnership to galvanise the full potential of local music. We want to use it to strengthen the cultural ecosystem for the benefit of everyone.

City of Music 

Belfast City has a unique relationship with music across many genres. Music is recognised as a distinctive aspect of Belfast’s cultural profile with audience research indicating high levels of engagement locally as well as strong links to the city’s international profile. The city is known internationally for having a rich and diverse musical history but it also has a promising future. In March 2018 Belfast City Council backed a proposal for the city and its partners to make an application for the endorsement of UNESCO City of Music status.

The next step in this process will be the creation of a “City of Music Steering Group” to be established by autumn 2019. If successful this will lead to a formal application to UNESCO which must be submitted by Belfast City Council in 2021 or 2023.  

For more information on this project please read the terms of reference or to apply to be part of “The City of Music Designation Steering Group” complete and submit the expression of interest by 5pm Wednesday 14 August 2019.

Download the City of Music - expression of interest (PDF - 159KB)

Download the City of Music - Steering Group Terms of Reference  (PDF - 136KB)

Summer Season 2019

Belfast Music’s summer season is back. The line-up of music based events represents the strength and depth of the Belfast scene with some special guest appearances from our extended family across the region. 

From ceilidh’s to Afro-beats, Busk Off’s to Brazilian beats, acoustic to electronic we have just about all bases covered for all ages and music tastes, reflecting the vibrant landscape that is Belfast’s music scene.

Join us this summer to sample and experience what the city has to offer.

Mix the City Belfast

Belfast is the latest city to showcase its diverse array of music on Mix the City, the British Council’s award-winning interactive mixing website.

Belfast is one of 19 cities to share a selection of bespoke audio visual samples via this global platform. Other locations include Berlin, Glasgow, Moscow, Hamburg, Mumbai and Tel Aviv, and were curated by big acts such as Django Django and Ghostpoet.

Mix the City Belfast involved a collaboration of 95 artists, musicians and creators in total to deliver this iconic and exciting platform celebrating Belfast’s music. The footage, which you can view below, was curated by award-winning artist and composer Hannah Peel, and produced by Bounce Culture.

The participating musicians include Arco String Quartet, Úna Monaghan, Ulster Orchestra, Steve Davis, No Oil Paintings, Joseph Leighton, Die Hexen, Katie Richardson & Open House Choir, 1st Old Boys Band, Kaidi Tatham (DJ), John O’Neill (The Undertones), Willie Drennan and Duke Special and Hannah Peel.

For more information or to see and hear the samples yourself and create your own mix of Belfast visit www.mixthecity.com



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