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Global Sequencer

9 December 2021

Hamamatsu in Japan, a City of Music in the UCCN are happy to advise that the Global Sequencer has been working in full force now. It is a project to aim connecting people across the world by sound under the difficult time of the Covid-19, in which we are not able to travel freely.

Yuri Suzuki, Sound Designer and Partner of Pentagram, U.K. is commissioned to have created this wonderful website. 

 The Global Sequencer is a participatory type of website. It can be used for free by anyone with an internet connection. It has two functions: the Playback Mode where you can post your own sound for 10 seconds max, and the Sequencer Mode where you can combine the posted sounds to create a one-shot unique sound, which can be shared in social media channels.

All users are welcome to contribute as many sounds as possible to our project. Your participation is the most essential to a success of the project.  

Please click to open the website and play: 

It’s simple to use it. Just in case, a guide link is here for your convenience. 

ACOM and Eke Panuku present 'Songlines' 

1 December 2021

Working in partnership, Auckland UNESCO City of Music (ACOM) and Auckland Council’s urban regeneration agency, Eke Panuku Development Auckland, are pleased to be launching Songlines - a free interactive community exhibition celebrating the music of Tāmaki Makaurau in Takapuna next month.

At the heart of Songlines is a mixtape of a dozen songs, represented by record-shaped pavement decals, creating a trail of tunes throughout in the town centre. Each decal carries song lyrics from some of Tāmaki Makaurau’s most memorable tracks, plus a QR code that links audiences to the audio on Spotify.
The lyrics are also referenced in displays around the Takapuna town centre which provides the public with further information regarding the artist and song. A converted shipping container at 38 Hurstmere also serves as an exhibition space, featuring photos of Auckland musicians and/or venues curated by From the Pit. The large-scale photographic reproductions further showcase Tāmaki Makaurau’s puoro and the vital role that photography plays in preserving out musical heritage and telling our stories, as well as offering a fun backdrop for music fans’ summer selfies.
This Project is about bringing people and communities together, as well as filling Aucklanders with civic pride. Songlines provides the opportunity to introduce people to both older and newer tracks they may not have heard before and take them on a musical journey through our city’s soundtrack.

The Songlines project gives us an opportunity to not only remunerate local writers for the reproduction of their lyrics, but to feature new and emerging talent from the city. Two of the decals were reserved for the winners of the Play It Strange secondary school songwriting competitions which enables the project to promote both the songwriters and the work of the songwriting charity.

Enjoy Songlines free in Takapuna town centre from 4 December 2021 until 12 January 2022.

Not able to see Songlines in person? View the featured artists  here.

Music Cities Award Winner 2021

15 November 2021

Auckland UNESCO City of Music is celebrating being named as the Best Global Music Office at the Music Cities Awards 2021.

250 global music cities professionals attended the 2nd edition of the Music Cities Awards Ceremony last week (9 November). Held as a fully virtual event featuring 30 award nominees from countries spanning New Zealand to Canada and from South Africa to Denmark, the Ceremony comprised ten talks, one for each award category, with the award winner announced at the end of each discussion.

Our office serves as a whare that connects our music ecosystem and we are honoured to have been recognised for this work by international peers on a global stage.

Projects such as Equaliser, Young Gig Makers, the Aotearoa Music Photography Award and supporting From The Pit, Sync-Posium, Young At Art and Our Venues are examples of the Auckland Music Strategy in action.

Read more about the awards here.

49th Auckland Folk Festival


The 49th Auckland Folk Festival returns in January 2022 with a diverse, talented and eclectic lineup of artists from Aotearoa. 

The three-day celebration takes place in January over Auckland Anniversary Weekend (Fri 28th Jan - Mon 31st Jan), welcoming in 2022 with a proudly homegrown lineup!  Auckland Folk Festival arrives at Kumeu Showgrounds for its annual festival, bringing together a unique line up of NZ’s best to celebrate, sing and dance, for three days of frivolity!  The Festival, renowned for being a unique, all inclusive celebration, with a genre-bending ‘folk’ music lineup, is ecstatic to be presenting a much needed, safe, 49th Festival this summer. With the big 50th, beckoning in 2023, its time to get the celebrations underway!!

Spread across its six stages will be French for Rabbits, Wheel of Experience, Luke Thompson, Kerryn Fields, We Mavericks (aus), Ida Lune, O & The Mo and The Swan Sisters to name a few and with more to be announced. 

Tickets are on sale now via Eventfinda. Early bird tickets close December 31st. 
Festival timetable released Jan 2022.

Music Cities Awards

18 October 2021

Celebrating our nomination in the Music Cities Awards 2021

Auckland UNESCO City of Music (ACOM) is a finalist for the Music Cities Awards! We’re up for Best Global Music Office, as well as our Director Mark Roach, being a finalist for Public Service Award for a Leading Music Cities Advocate.

The awards will acknowledge and reward the most outstanding applications of music for economic, social and cultural development in cities and places all around the world. They aim to promote best practice and demonstrate the value of music to the world and this is something we're passionate about driving forward in Tāmaki Makaurau.

We are proud to be included in the list of nominees for this award and grateful that Mark has been acknowledged for his continuous work to improve our city through music.

The awards Ceremony will be taking place virtually on 9th November and will feature a 25-minute panel discussion for each award, with the live winner announcement at the end of the talk. 

For more information on all nominees and on the live Ceremony, please visit Music Cities Awards website