20 March 2020
New Zealand's ISCM World New Music Days postponed to 2022
The ISCM World New Music Days 2020, scheduled to be organised in Auckland and Christchurch, NZ, on 21-30 April, has been postponed. The festival with the program planned for this year will most likely be moved to 2022 - a prestigious timing as this will also be the centenary year of the International Society for Contemporary Music. Founded in 1922, the ISCM has grown to include more than 60 organisations in over 50 countries, on every continent.
Postponement to 2022 is also investigated for the Asian Composers' League festival, originally scheduled to be held in Christchurch coinciding with the end of the dates of the 2020 ISCM World New Music Days.
The decision was made necessary by recent global developments to do with the COVID-19 pandemic.
'The Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) has been asked by the ISCM to postpone the World New Music Days in New Zealand by two years, which would mean hosting the festival and General Assembly meetings in the year of the ISCM's Centenary. CANZ is very hopeful that this will be possible, and that insofar as it is possible, the musical works that were carefully submitted and selected for performance this year will instead be presented in 2022', said the Festival Director and President of the ISCM, Glenda Keam.
> Read a longer statement by Glenda Keam on the ISCM 2020 website.
> Read more about the Australian works selected for performance during the NZ festival.
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