Katowice in southern Poland has been awarded the status of UNESCO City of Music. The Silesian city boasts such prestigious ensembles as the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra with its recently-opened concert hall, the Silesian Philharmonic, the Silesian Quartet, and the Camerata Silesia Choir. Katowice is also the venue of thirty music festivals. It will host the International Classical Music Awards ICMA in 2018. Katowice is the first Central and Eastern European city to win the title.