To help ensure your stay in Hannover is as smooth as possible, we've put together a CHECKLIST explaining how to make the most of Classical:NEXT 2022.
For more information to plan your trip to Hannover (Germany) please also check further information on Location & Venues and Travel & Accommodation.
Obviously. If you have not registered before the event, you should! Remember that the earlier you register, the cheaper the registration. The next edition will take place in Hannover, Germany, 17 – 20 May 2022. Registration for Classical:NEXT 2022 is now open!
See our registration page for information pertaining the 2022 edition of Classical:NEXT, including prices, deadlines and how to register.
A few days after you have registered online, we will send you your login data. Update your profile, with a picture and a company description (at the very least!). Check your contact data! You can also post artists and records as well as your news or events. It's easy! Delegates who have not registered yet but want to do so on site can access the C:N NET database, but without the business contacts listed.
See our travel and accommodation tips for getting to and around Hannover.
You will be able to pick up your badge from 09:00 - 18:00 on Tuesday - and from 10:00 on all following Classical:NEXT days.
The Expo will open at 12:00 on Tuesday and on 10:00 on Wednesday and Thursday. Note that the First Night Celebration will take place on Tuesday evening, 17 May. For those who do not manage to pick up their badge before 18:00 on Tuesday, there will be a guest list at the door.
Find the Schedule Overview here.
See what the Classical:NEXT Programme 2022 brings:
See the 2022 edition's programme overview for all events and locations and download our app to receive programme updates and have it with you at all times during Classical:NEXT.
Looking for a way to maximise your impact on the Classical:NEXT delegates and beyond? We have plenty of ways for you to promote yourself with Classical:NEXT, from placing adverts in our Pocket Schedule or website, to placing an insert in the Classical:NEXT bag (given to all participants!), to having your company on our own materials such as the bag, lanyard or wristband.
For more information and for a booking form, see our Promote Yourself page.
Classical:NEXT 2022 will once again feature mentoring sessions with experts from various fields within the industry. Information of this year's experts and how to book your slot will be announced soon! Slots in these sessions are free but go fast! You can find details of last year's experts in the Conference archive.
As soon as we have published the mentoring session, please book your slot by emailing email@example.com. If you have not booked your slot before Classical:NEXT begins, come along to the Media Counter to ask whether any remain.
Start making appointments today if you haven't already!
In order to maximise the time you have in Rotterdam, we recommend setting up as many appointments as possible beforehand to ensure you do not miss out on meeting with the teams and networks most important to your work. Remember: be succinct and be mindful that some people's schedules might not be so flexible as your own.
Use an app, your cell phone calendar, a diary, a date book, a notebook… but start thinking about with whom you want to meet.
You can browse 2022 delegates by alphabet in our online networking platform C:N NET. This lists every delegate and company that has registered (and paid) to date. Who do you want to meet? Who do you need to see? Find contact data of every delegate at C:N NET and arrange your meetings.
In the 'Prepare' section of our website, you will be able to find taxi numbers, information on how to get to Classical:NEXT from the airport or train station and how to reach each venue of Classical:NEXT in Hannover. Find more information under Travel & Accommodation and Location & Venues.
The full address of HCC is:
HCC | Hannover Congress Center
On site, the first thing to do is to pick up your badge, which gives you access to the Expo, as well as all Classical:NEXT Conferences, Project Pitches and Showcases. We will have your badge ready for you at the registration counter at the entrance to the Expo from 09:00 on Tuesday, and throughout the Expo opening times from 10:00 to 18:00 each day.
If you have not registered by the time you arrive, you can do so at the registration counter. Make sure you arrive ahead of your schedule, as processing your registration might need some time.
When you get your badge you will also be handed a Classical:NEXT Bag, chock-full of inserts, magazines and merchandising to cheer your stay. Including the Classical:NEXT Anniversary Guide - programme, schedules, info texts, delegate and company details as far as provided and ads from colleagues throughout the world.
Running Late? Evening Delegates List:
If you are running late for the First Night Celebration and can't make it to the HCC before registration closes at 18:00, no problem! We will have a list of all delegates who pre-registered at the entrance of the Celebration. So don't worry – if you have pre-registered and fully paid (!) you will get in, even if you didn't manage to pick up your badge beforehand.
Material to bring
Make sure to bring any supporting materials or documents to help drive your point home. Furthermore make sure your online presentation is in order whether it be any kind of social media or any other online platform and contains all necessary information.
For arts presenters: bring along any promotional material used in the previous years, press clippings and/or past programme schedules.
For artists and artist representatives: think about what will make you stand out from the crowd. If you have footage, bring your computer, charge your batteries and find a corner where you can show people what you've got. Bring CDs or cards with download codes to your music/EPKs, DVDs, press clippings, anything you think might help make your case, but remember: less is more. Heavy packages tend to get left behind in the hotel at check out. Instead, give a small package that makes it easy for them to look into at home. Be sure to ask for a card and follow-up a few weeks after you return home.
For labels or publishers: bring along any relevant press materials and CDs or cards with download codes to your music/EPKs both compilations from your catalogue and any individual CDs you may want to publicise or license, plus those of the artists you may want to promote for live performances. As a publisher take examples of your sheet music or commissioned projects with you.
For distributors: bring your details, your experience, even your contracts - you might sign deals right on the spot.
For programmers and journalists: bring proof of your credentials to help convince people who have limited materials that you are the one to give them to. Subscribe to our newsletter and receive Classical:NEXT news first, if you haven't already, and check the press downloads page for information, hi-res Classical:NEXT photos and logos.
Whatever you do, don't forget to bring business cards…
At the Info counter, locals will be able to help you with basic questions about Hannover (including transport etc.). You may also use the Info counter as a meeting point for your personal appointments.
Use the first day to see the trade fair stands and get an overview of what is being presented. If you discover something you must learn more about, stick around, make an appointment or just make a list and be sure you get back there by the end of the event.
Attend Conference Sessions, Meet Ups and Mentoring Sessions to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest developments in the business and put names with faces.
Visit our Project Pitches, and Showcases during the day, evening and night.
And, yes, make sure to enjoy yourself – and do not forget to eat and drink!
So you have promoted your presence before and during Classical:NEXT, but what about afterwards? Make sure you document your presence at the event in order to assist with future promotional activities. To help with this, our official photographer, Eric van Nieuwland, will be on hand to snap all the key moments of Classical:NEXT. Should you be on the hunt for professional photos of your stand and activities, be sure to contact Eric.