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April 01, 2018

Tehran Music City

Four decades on from the first Habitat Conference on human settlements, the economic, political, and social dimensions of development have been acknowledged and understood. In contrast, the cultural dimension of development is still too often undervalued. While culture is integral to human development. The participation of people in local cultural activities (theatre, music, etc.) improves their quality of life and well-being. Gradually cultural strategies have acquired significance in the economic development plans of cities, because cultural activities are considered as urban tourist draws and a significant factor in how individuals choose where to live and work.

Many cities have found music as a way of fulfilling some of their socio-economic and specifically cultural objectives. Music influences virtually all aspects of culture and manifests itself in numerous spatial ways.

In 2004, UNESCO established the "Creative Cities Network" to promote international cooperation among cities that see creativity as a means for sustainable development, urban progress, social integration and the preservation of cultural diversity. Since then, many cities have been named musical cities by UNESCO.

In 2015, under the slogan “a strong and sustainable music industry is the most efficient way to build, maintain and expand vibrant and economically prosperous cities” the "Music Cities Convention" was born. Music Cities can deliver economic, employment, cultural and social benefits.

The aim of this research is to investigate and evaluate the indicators of music city in Tehran.

Project Manager: Mina Rahimi

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