The eighth edition of Classical:NEXT will bring together 88 speakers across 25 Conferences and feature 6 Mentoring Sessions, 9 Network Meetings and 4 off:CN Presentations. Music is the key player at 11 Daytime and Evening Showcases, 4 Club Showcases and 2 off C:N Showcases, all of which represent over 30 countries across 5 continents. We’re also very proud to say that 93 stands have been booked this year, making it the most popular Expo ever at Classical:NEXT!
• Syrian chef Maher Al Sabbagh at de Doelen Studio from 18:00-20:00
The Expo closes at 18h00, so why not stay for a meal before watching the Evening Showcases? You can follow the red carpet from Willem Burger Zaal to de Doelen Studio, where Syrian chef Maher Al Sabbagh will prepare a dinner buffet from Thursday to Friday (18:00 - 20:00).
Delegates can enjoy a spread of Lebanese, Sicilian and Dutch cuisine for €15. Limited spots are available and offered on a first come, first served basis.
Tickets can be bought at de Doelen Studio.
• ROAM - Rotterdam Art Music Festival
All Classical:NEXT Showcases (with the exception of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies) are open to the general public. The showcases lie within the frame of the Classical:NEXT Showcase Festival, also known as ROAM - Rotterdam Art Music Festival, a collaboration between de Doelen and Piranha Arts Berlin and is powered by Rotterdam Festivals, Gemeente Rotterdam, Stichting Droom en Daad and Dutch Performing Arts.
Tickets for each block of C:N showcases are €5 for non-delegates and there is a fee of €19/€10 for the additional ROAM concerts.
You can buy tickets online and at the de Doelen box offices – open from 10:00 until the end of the showcases on Thursday and Friday.
The ROAM Festival takes place from 15 -18 May 2019. For more information, click on the link below
• Higher Music Education Pre-Conference
New at Classical:NEXT is also the Higher Music Education Pre-Conference that will take place on 15 May in the Van Beuningen Zaal (from 14:00 – 18:30). It will provide tools, steps and exact methodologies to effect change in the future of Classical Music. Alongside this session, we also included a new Higher Music Education Network Meeting, in cooperation with the Association of European Conservatoires (AEC), which will summarize the outcomes of the pre-conference session of 15 May. It aims to prepare students and attendees for the NEXT in Classical.
• Network Meeting for Medium Size Ensembles and Orchestras
The Network Meeting for Medium Size Ensembles and Orchestras is an open session for all ensembles, cross-genre, from ten to 35 artists: from choirs to chamber or jazz orchestras, from contemporary music ensembles to whatever form, shape or configuration one may desire.
• Freelancer DIY Exchange Session
We are also introducing the first-ever Freelancer DIY Exchange Session where delegates can take part in an open forum: enter the room and chose a table and topic on which to converse, share and learn directly from other participants in round-table discussions taking place simultaneously.
• Women in Music Breakfast - at Lunch!
Last but not least: in honour of German composer Clara Schumann 200th birthday, the 2019 Classical:NEXT Innovation award aims to celebrate women in music. That’s why we’re also happy to host “Women in Music Breakfast - at Lunch!”, a meeting (conceived by Southbank Centre) that brings together women and men from the music sector to share experiences, provocations, motivation and special initiatives to encourage more opportunities for women.
We’re five days away from the new edition of Classical:NEXT and we’re looking forward to seeing you!
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article submitted by:Francisco Gonçalves Silva, Piranha Arts