• 18-21 MAY 2020

Showcase Festival

Classical:NEXT presents artists and ensembles from around the world that push the boundaries and extend the horizons of art music.

The Showcase Festival features a live concert series of artists and productions across different formats, providing a unique opportunity to experience a number of performances in a short amount of time.

The Festival is comprised of daytime and evening Showcases, Club Showcases and DJs, off C:N Showcases and performances at the Opening and Closing ceremony.

The Classical:NEXT 2020 programme will be published between January and March 2020

What is a Showcase?  

The Classical:NEXT Showcases are selected by an international jury of experts to present a wide range of high-quality artists and productions in every category from early to contemporary, traditional to experimental. Soloists and small ensembles as well as large ensembles, opera productions or musical theatre projects can be presented through a showcase concert.

See our archive for all Showcases 2019 curated by last year's Classical:NEXT Jury.

These four late-night showcases offer the chance to see outstanding NEXT artists perform in Rotterdam clubs in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere, together with resident Classical:NEXT DJs. They will take place in WORM on Thursday and Friday night.

See our archive for all Club Showcases 2019.

In addition to the limited showcase slots available during Classical:NEXT, the off C:N Showcase format offers further opportunities to present artists to the delegates. It is especially beneficial for those who want to present a range of artists as part of a wider context, be it regional, national or organisational.

See our archive for all off C:N Showcases 2019.

The Opening Artists perform at the Opening Ceremony of Classical:NEXT, kicking off with a gala that showcases the NEXT music of a specific country. The Closing Artist performs at the Closing Ceremony of Classical:NEXT, reflecting on the preceding year and announcing the winner of the Innovation Award.

See our archive for last year's Opening and Closing artists 2019.