Major World Conference on Traditional Music to Be Held in Ireland for First Time
The 44th World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) will be held in Ireland for the first time this July.
Taking place at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick on 13–19 July, this major conference will open with a keynote address from Prof. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin titled ‘The Redress of Music: Music, Mediation, and Parity of Esteem’.
Several hundred speakers will present papers over the six days, covering music from every continent and ranging in topic from ‘Interrogating Nelson Mandela’s Musical Legacy’ to ‘The Art of Playing the Spoons in Vietnam’.
Scholars of Irish music contributing to the conference include Helen Gubbins (‘Radio Programmes as Mediators of Change in Irish Traditional Music, 1970-1994’), Deirdre Ní Chonghaile (‘”The Yank with the Box”: Sidney Robertson Cowell Collects Music in 1950s Ireland’) and Mary Mc Laughlin (‘Old Roots, New Branches? The Legacy of Irish Traditional Otherworld Songs’).
There will also be workshops (from a Flamenco master class to learning Norwegian stev), and performances by the Irish Gamelan Orchestra, directed by Mel Mercier, and students and faculty of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
A discounted registration fee is available before 11 April, and there is also the opportunity to book exhibition space. For full details, visit https://goo.gl/WrkCVI
Published on 6 March 2017