Adelaide has been recognised by UNESCO as a "music city"by John McTernan / August 22, 2016 / Leave a comment
Amsterdam has a Night Mayor. I’m not sure that the pun works the same way in Dutch, but perhaps that’s appropriate—the independent appointment is a serious one that reflects how important the night-time economy now is to a major city. The city already has a Mayor whose focus is the day-to-day—but added one for whom night-life is a serious business. The idea is catching on and now councils around the world are looking at ways that they can appoint Night Mayors of their own to provide focus for lobbying, consultation and policy development when it comes to the night economy.
When cities are reshaped, and new life brought into urban areas, the catalyst is often entertainment, and more specifically music. There is now a global conversation about how government—central and, most importantly, local, can support the music industry. This conversation takes place at events like the Music Cities Convention in Brighton, Liverpool Sound City and Primavera in Barcelona. Happening events in happening cities.
As with so much that is good in modern life, there is a distinctive Australian strand t…