For the first time, national export initiative SOUNDS AUSTRALIA in partnership with Australian Music Centre will be coordinating an Australian presence at Classical:NEXT (Rotterdam 25-28 May 2016) by investing in an Australian stand at the trade show (stand #22 to be exact).
Classical:NEXT was born out of the simple idea to bring the diverse scenes of classical music together and offer them a forum to exchange and develop new ways for classical and contemporary music. Since the first edition in 2012, about 3000 classical music professionals from more than 1000 companies, from over 40 countries have engaged with Classical:NEXT making it the world’s most important classical music meetings.
For the past four years, the trade fair and conference has been steadily growing and the showcase festival is establishing itself as one of the most important international networking spaces for classical musicians and industry.
The structure of Classical:NEXT consists of four sections – showcases, conference, expo and film screenings. The conference section is set up to offer presentations, seminars, discussions, one-to-one and roundtable mentoring and other formats to help delegates keep up with changes, trends and innovations. The expo exhibits the work of labels, publishers, agents, festivals, associations and others, and serves as a meeting point for all delegates. Showcases are where artists and productions can be presented in a series of short concerts or video screenings, offering artistic directors, concert bookers, journalists and more a unique opportunity to gain an overview of artistic activity within a short space of time. From 2015 onwards, video showcases were complemented by project pitches so that a range of video projects, videos on larger scale projects and works-in-progress can be presented to the Classical:NEXT delegates.
As a side note, below is a list of the activity happening around/preceding the new Classical:NEXT dates in May/June 2015:
PROPOSED 2016 INTERNATIONAL MARKET EVENTS
• JAZZAHEAD! (Breman, Germany) 21-24 April 2016
• CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK (Toronto, Canada) 4- 7 May 2016
• THE GREAT ESCAPE (Brighton, UK) 19- 21 May 2016
• CLASSICAL: NEXT (Rotterdam, Netherlands) 25- 28 May 2016
• LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY (Liverpool, UK) 27-29 May 2016
• PRMAVERA (Barcelona, Spain) 2- 4 June 2016
• MIDEM (Cannes, France) 3- 4 June 2016