Hamamatsu City has pushed forward its creative city initiatives based on the Basic Policy for Promoting “Creative City Hamamatsu,” adopted in March 2013, while simultaneously presenting Hamamatsu’s future vision of “A creative city built on civil collaboration, shining into the future.”
Moreover, in December 2014, Hamamatsu was designated as a member of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Creative Cities Network as the first Asian city in the thematic area of music. The city is highly regarded for its projects that spring from Hamamatsu being a center of music industry. These projects include those such as the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition and ACT City Academy of Music; the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments, where musical instruments from all over the world are exhibited from unbiased perspectives; and most importantly, the enthusiastic and lively music activities of all the citizens.
Currently, besides music-related projects, there is a large and growing number of activities run by artists and creators who encourage more active local communities. The ideology of creative cities is to have creative activities utilizing the city’s unique regional culture and assets be actively carried out, leading to the generation of new value, culture and industries and raising the quality and affluence of life for its citizens. For Hamamatsu, with the city covering a vast area spanning urban sections to hilly and mountainous regions, this way of thinking can serve as a driving force to solve various challenges in the local community through civil cooperation and furthermore to enhance the appeal of the region.
Henceforth, Hamamatsu City will make use of its creative city branding and domestic and international networks to engage in exchange and human resource development with other creative cities, connecting this to the further development of Hamamatsu, including promotion of related industries.
Hamamatsu mayor Suzuki Yasutomo