International Society for Contemporary Music World New Music Days heading to NZ
The ISCM is an international network of members from 50 countries, devoted to the promotion and presentation of contemporary music, with the World New Music Days being its annual festival.
Auckland will host a two-day conference as part of the festival, and the ISCM General Assembly meetings, with Christchurch hosting a more informal half-day symposium.
Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) head Anna Hayward says this is the second major musical-related business event festival the ACB has helped secure for Auckland in 2020.
“Last year, we announced winning the 12th triennial World Symposium on Choral Music which will be held over eight days in July and August, and we are thrilled to have now added the World New Music Days to the same year,” she said.
“This latest music win for Auckland, comes hot on the heels of Auckland being named a UNESCO ‘City of Music’, which will help open the door even further for international cooperation and knowledge exchange in this creative sector.”
University of Canterbury’s Head of Music, Associate Professor Glenda Keam, says it was great to see the level of excitement amongst local ISCM colleagues in response to the bid presentation to host the 2020 ISCM World New Music Days.
“We look forward with enthusiasm to presenting the variety of music of Aotearoa alongside rich and diverse new music from this international community, to an international and local audience,” she said.