Classical:NEXT has wrapped for another year, setting a record in attendance of participants, artists, delegates, and industry experts coming from across the globe and making it the largest gathering of art music professionals to date.
The halls of the de Doelen congress centre, on the expo floor, and during conference sessions were abuzz with inspiring discussions, debates and collaborations.
This year, the Classical:NEXT Innovation Award celebrates the most outstanding projects involved with orchestras or large ensembles , before a final showcase from Grammy winning Roomful of Teeth. Congratulations to the winners, Aurora Orchestra, The Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Les Talens Lyriques.
Given the success of this edition it might not come as a surprise that de Doelen and Piranha Arts will extend their partnership to hold Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam again in 2019. The dates will be 15 – 18 May 2019, and major networks have already hinted at returning next year.
Thank you to everyone who made it. We're looking forward to seeing you all again next year!
Classical:NEXT 2018 at a Glance...
More than 1300 professionals from 48 countries
representing 750 companies
330 exhibiting companies from 35 countries on 86 stands
240 presenters and promoters
480 label representatives and distributors
320 artists (not including performing artists)
190 artist managers
100 international journalists
24 showcasing acts with a total of 70 performers, from 15 countries
14 project pitches
45 conferences, mentoring sessions and network meetings
91 speakers, presenters, and mentors from 19 countries
article submitted by:Carly Graham, Piranha Arts