Our first ever southern hemisphere Music Cities Event was held on April 18-20 2018, with Music Cities Convention travelling to Melbourne, Australia for its 6th and biggest ever edition!
Melbourne, home to more live music venues per capita in the world, was the perfect location for our 325 international delegates and 40+ global speakers. The event theme was 'It takes a village to make a music city', and talks varied from ‘how we can make noisy cities work for everyone’ to ‘what music can learn from sport’ to ‘the impact of cultural policy on music cities policies’.
The event started with a dinner for our international speakers and with amazing views of Melbourne at the Sofitel hotel. The next day saw the international speakers network with the victorian delegates at the Victoria Live Music Roundtable held at the incredible Bakehouse Studios, and the first main convention day then took place on Thursday 19th April at the Arts Centre Melbourne, with the second day moving to Deakin Edge.
Our official party was held in combination with Melbourne Museum, and a very special Music Cities Convention themed Nocturnal event. The event saw attendees head to the museum at night for live music, food, special giveaways and the chance to roam the museum at night hearing from the museums experts on specially selected musical artefacts.
We launched a number of new aspects at this edition, including the new ‘My Music Cities’ series of talks, which sees a speaker from each continent attend to talk about what’s happening in their city, and through these talks we welcomed speakers from Zimbabwe, Colombia, Netherlands, Australia, China and the USA. Another first for the convention was a panel entirely focused on Asian Music Policy, including speakers from Singapore, India, and Indonesia.
The event was a sell-out, and we welcomed more than 325 delegates from all over the world, including 15 countries, 60 cities and 6 six continents.
We of course couldn’t have organised the event without our partners, including Creative Victoria and Music Victoria who hosted the event with us, as well as RRR our media partner, The Appointment Group our official travel partner and our supporting partners the City of Melbourne, Green Music Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne and Festyvent.
"The convention is just great. I've had the chance to meet so many people from all over the world...and we've had so many conversations. That's my favourite part." Kok Tse Wei, Deputy Director Music, Singapore National Arts Council
"The Music Cities Convention is a great event. Not only can you share what you're doing in your city, but you can also learn about best practices, share problems and establish a network of corporation with others." Maria Claudia Lopez Sorzano, Secretary of Culture, Leisure and Sport, City of Bogota, Colombi
Our next Music Cities Convention will be held in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA on October 11-12, with first speakers and the first draft schedule being launch in the first week of June
But for now, you can check out what our Melbourne event was like with our official video.