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Classical:NEXT 2019

Take part in the annual classical and art music global get-together for the eighth edition of Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam from 15-18 May 2019!

  • Classical:NEXT 2019 | Copyright: © Classical:NEXT by Michael Mann

    © Classical:NEXT by Michael Mann

The upcoming edition will place special emphasis on giving a voice to groups which are often underrepresented, be it in leadership, on the podium or in audiences, embracing the headline "21st Century Polyphony: More Voices, Greater Symphonies". By standing for the unification of the global classical and art music scene, Classical:NEXT enables the industry to work collectively, effectively and with increasing relevance in today's ever-changing society.

The Showcase Festival will feature eleven Daytime and Evening Showcases, four Club Showcases and two DJ sets, all selected by the Classical:NEXT Jury, highlighting the latest in innovative music-making from around the world. Two off C:N Showcases will also be featured. Germany-native Spark – The Classical Band will perform at the Closing Ceremony and making their European debut, Brooklyn-based performance venue National Sawdust will curate the opening ceremony “National Sawdust: Hear It New!”

A number of firsts will take place during the Conference as well. These include a Higher Music Education Pre-Conference and an accompanying Network Meeting, a Network Meeting for Medium Size Ensembles and Orchestras, the Freelancer DIY Exchange and it will see the return of the ever-popular Global Orchestra Network Meeting. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn from organisations, hear about case studies in places far from home, discover best practices and develop new approaches to tradition over the course of the four-day event.

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