The City of Katowice

 

Katowice is a fairly young, only slightly more than 150 years old, city in the South of Poland. It is one of the most developed business centres in the country, with a significant share of industrial activity. It is the capital of the Silesian Voivodship, and from 1st July 2017 – the largest city of the Upper Silesia and Zagłębie Metropolis, inhabited by over 2 million people.

Katowice is home to many renowned academic, medical and cultural institutions. An important hallmark of Katowice is the remarkable “Saucer” sports and entertainment arena, with its shape resembling a UFO, which has hosted many international music stars, and more.

On December 11th 2015, Katowice was accepted into the network of UNESCO Creative Cities as an official City of Music.

The decision was announced by 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.