Belfast music past and present
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. We’re becoming the preferred prime location for one-off events and there’s an annual programme of music activities citywide.
City of Music
In March 2018 we backed a proposal for the city and partners to make an application for the endorsement of UNESCO City of Music status. We’ve set up a City of Music steering group. We plan to make a formal application to UNESCO in 2021.
For Belfast, the possibility of a designation is not about a title: it’s about using music to drive a new era of collaboration between the city’s citizens and its institutions. It is about exploring how we all make music more relevant to people, and about putting both cultural and economic development at the heart of the city’s future.
City of Music Steering Group
In 2019 a City of Music Steering Group was recruited through an open expression of interest process. An independent panel selected the group's members representing various music genres and backgrounds. We are grateful to the members for their hard work and dedication to this group. We will be renewing membership through another expression of interest process in December 2021.
Members of the City of Music Steering Group are listed in this table.
Mix the City Belfast
Belfast showcases its diverse array of music on Mix the City, the British Council’s award-winning interactive mixing website.
Mix the City Belfast involved a collaboration of 95 artists, musicians and creators, curated by award-winning artist and composer Hannah Peel.