Katowice is a dynamic city (over 300 thous. inhabitants), which, having undergone a revitalization from a heavy industrial to cultural centre, became the Leader of 1,5 mln Silesian metropolis in this field.
On 11 December 2015, ﬁve months after the application, Katowice was accepted into the network of UNESCO Creative Cities as a City of Music. The decision was announced by the UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Director-General – Irina Bokova. By granting this prestigious title, UNESCO approved of the city’s intensity and diversity of musical life, the creativity of its artists, their contribution to the development and popularisation of the musical legacy, as well as an impressive infrastructure that serves both artists and citizens. City of Gardens Cultural Institution manages the project of UNESCO Creative City of Music.
The cultural sector in Katowice is powerful there are 30 music clubs, 7 music labels, 12 recording studios, 11 music stores, 24 concert halls.
As not many other cites Katowice can take pride in its investments projects which enable its cultural institutions to offer excellent of artistic and visual experiences to music lovers.
Opened in October 2014 the new seat of Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra has already won the hearts of music lovers who appreciate its acoustic of the highest quality as well as the architectural beauty of both the concert hall and the whole building.
Erected in the area of the former Katowice coal mine, NOSPR new seat forms part of the Culture Zone, which provides a perfect example of revitalization of post-industrial areas for cultural purposes.