Katowice

UNESCO Creative Cities - Katowice

28 Jun 2019
As interesting as UNESCO World Heritage sights are to the world, so too are the initiatives to highlight human culture. Silesia may be known historically for its industrial heritage and tourism, but it's also been making big changes to become a modern cultural hotspot. Indeed, Katowice, as the capital of the Silesian region, and the heart of the Metropolis GZM (Silesian Metropolis), has made an impressive transformation from a city of heavy to creative industry. For its impressive efforts, in 2015 it was awarded the title of UNESCO City of Music, as part the Creative Cities initiative. The city certainly packs a punch with many music festivals throughout the year, with the three biggest being the alternative and electronic music festivals Tauron New MusicOFF Festival and the Rawa Blues Festival held around unique venues and locations throughout the city, including theValley of Three Ponds. The Cultural Zone in Katowice's centre is the gem in the transformation of the area and no more so is the city's music heavyweight title embodied than with NOSPR - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra - a building with some outstanding acoustics, and the exterior inspired by the red  brick of the city's Nikiszowiec district!

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