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Liverpool becomes England's first UNESCO city of music
Liverpool, birthplace of one of the world's most famous pop groups the Beatles, was declared as England's first Unesco city of Music. accolade comes by 11 years after Unesco made Liverpool's historic waterfront a world heritage site. Glasgow became the first British city to receive a City of Music title in 2008.
Unesco said in a citation the new title has been awarded to the city due to music's place at the heart of Liverpool's contemporary culture, education and the economy from the live music scene to tourism, music management courses and digital businesses. It was also given to the city based on its commitment to having a clearly defined music, education and skills strategy for young people so that Liverpool can continue to produce world class talent.
The judges highlighted urban festivals like Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF), Liverpool Sound City and Liverpool Psych Fest that have cemented the city as a haven for music and also helped to develop young industry professionals. The designation also noted the importance and contribution of established names such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Creamfields music festival, and LIPA, the fame school launched by former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney. Liverpool was one of 47 cities to join the Unesco Creative Cities Network.