Adelaide's Musical Heartbeat

Did you know that the city that gave us iconic bands like Cold Chisel and The Angels, global pop sensation Sia and singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, ABC Classic FM AND the country’s oldest Conservatorium of Music, is Australia’s first and only UNESCO City of Music?

Adelaide is renowned for the depth and breadth of its creativity and arts culture with its musical heritage, diversity and commitment over many years recognised globally in 2015 with the esteemed UNESCO City of Music designation. The award also brought Adelaide membership of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and connection with 295 other members around the world.

What does Adelaide pride itself on?

  • World-class festivals – eg WOMAdelaide, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Adelaide Guitar Festival and the Adelaide Film Festival
  • Australia’s oldest tertiary music school, the Elder Conservatorium, and leading music education and performance institutions
  • A thriving community of independent musicians and an entrepreneurial music industry
  • And, possibly the most music venues per capita than any other capital city!

Adelaide believes the music beating at its heart has the power not only to enrich the whole state of South Australia, but to change lives profoundly. Its history has undoubtedly changed countless musicians’ lives and provided a richer soundtrack to many Australian lives.

While in Adelaide…

Take in some live music. There’s a plethora of venues offering a huge range of music styles – from rock to opera, jazz to metal, disco to chamber music and everything in between.

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