The City of Bologna is renown at the international level as one of the main places of reference for music, both because of its enormous historic heritage and in particular because of the massive presence of artists and technicians operating in this field.
It is revealing how today in Bologna there are representatives of all music genres and events are organised that involve all of these sectors, from classical music to opera, from jazz to folk, from the activity of songwriters to electronic music. Such music activities are carried out on different scales and calibres: from the event of international resonance to the by now historic tradition of clubs and inns of the city. In the last 30 years, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna Region, thanks to the organisation of numerous events, such as concerts, festivals and seasons has become a fundamental place for music of all genres. Bologna is, indeed, a city that has concrete and articulated music heritage, where music plays a significant part in everyday life, thanks in particular to the presence of many associations.
It is exactly thanks to the very rich substrate of associations that the musical vitality of Bologna has remained intact even in the last years, notwithstanding the economic difficulties of the political bodies in charge of culture.
The musical creativity of this city actually lies in the fact that it has always offered the public a very rich programme, even in periods of great economic difficulty. Suffice it to think that the city has a ratio between number of inhabitants and quantity – but in particular quality – of the musical programming which is absolutely exceptional. As a matter of fact, although it ranks 7th among the Italian cities as regards the number of inhabitants, it is an inevitable stop for all big national and international shows. The wide substrate of associations contributes to the peculiarity of the musical programming, not only linked to big events but actually nourished throughout the year. Indeed, such peculiarity is reflected into the economic impact that musical activities have on the city of Bologna. As further explained under chapter 5 below, the economic impact should be measured not only in terms of cultural tourism linked to special events, but especially in terms of the local income induced by the variety of activities and programs of the associations and by the activities of private enterprises, such as Fonoprint srl, Pressing Line srl and Irma Records srl.
From the big names of song-writers and musicians that everybody knows to the plurality of specialised staff and technicians, across the reality of the services that the city offers, such as rehearsal rooms and recording studios, Bologna is literally a city that lives of music.
In this section you will find the answers that the city of Bologna offers to the general and thematic criteria set out by the “Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity”. In the following chapters you will find a detailed description of each musical reality presented.
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Updated: 07 06 2007
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