ISCM World New Music Days 2020

Kia ora koutou,

The double festival of ISCM World New Music Days and Asian Composers League Festival is cancelled for 2020. This decision was made in response to global developments in relation to COVID-19.

We were very much looking forward to presenting this ambitious double festival for the first time in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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.

Similarly, we are delighted to say that ACL has also expressed a desire that the ACL part of this festival is also postponed until 2022. So we hope to present the full double festival (ISCM and ACL) in 2022.

In the meantime, we wish you health, strength, and new ways to engage with the music and culture of our wonderfully diverse regions, and look forward enthusiastically to welcoming you to the festival in 2022.

Glenda Keam, Festival Director