IAMIC 2017 Annual Meeting joint with the 7th European Forum on Music

On 2017 the IAMIC Annual Meeting, Conference and General Assembly will take place in Cyprus in the pitoresque city of Paphos (or Pafos) (European Capital of Culture), 9-11 June, together with the 7th European Forum on Music.

For the first time the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) and the European Music Council (EMC) combine their annual conferences and join forces with their partners in Cyprus for a unique event.

This collaboration will bring together more than 100 representatives of music organisations from Europe and all over the world, representing different music genres and areas of music life, to exchange with each other, be inspired and plan future co-operations.

The title of the conference is "Music and cultural diplomacy: Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures".

The objective is to look at how civil society initiatives engage in this field of “music and cultural diplomacy” and how music can build bridges and be a tool for peace and social cohesion. Also to highlight the relevance of music to topics within and beyond European boundaries, including global values and fundamental human rights. 

The programme will include keynote presentations by experts, business sessions, success stories, panel discussions and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, in order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, new perspectives and the professional skills development of participants. The event will be accompanied by an inspiring, rich and diverse musical programme. 

The programme for IAMIC members is:

  • Friday 9 June,
    Old Powerhouse / Palia Ilektriki
    • 12:30 - 14:00 Registration and lunch
    • 14:00: Opening of the 7th Forum on Music
      By Ian Smith, Chairman of EMC and Kostas Moschos, President of IAMIC
    • 14:15 - 15:00 Musical welcome by Ramy Essam
    • 15:00 - 16:30 Opening Discussion: Music as a tool for diplomacy
      • Paul Dujardin, International Music Council
      • Kostas Moschos, IAMIC
      • Ian Smith, EMC
      • Moderator: Nenad Bogdanovic, Creative Europe Desk Cyprus/ Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation
    • 16:30 - 17:00, Coffee Break
    • 17:00 - 18:30, H.O.T.: Session for music networks & projects: The future of music moves Europe
      • Anna Athanasopoulou, Deputy Head of Unit, DG-EAC, European Commission
      • Christos Carras, Executive Director, Onassis Cultural Centre
      • Sonja Greiner, Secretary General, European Choral Association - Europa Cantat
      • Moderator: Ruth Jakobi
    • 19:00: Welcome reception by Pafos2017
  • Saturday 10 June:
    Old Powerhouse / Palia Ilektriki
    • 09:00, Registration
    • 9:30-10:45  H.O.T.: activities by music export offices and music information centres as means for policy making and development of external relations
      • Christine Semba, Piranha Arts
      • Amitava Bhattacharya, banglanatak dot com
      • Olga Smetanová, Secretary General, International Society for Contemporary Music
      • Moderator: George Michael Klimis, Panteion University of Social and Political Science
    • 10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break
    • 11:15 - 12:30 Cultural Diplomacy in partnerships between NGOs and governments
        • Jens Cording, Music in Africa
        • Kifah Fakhouri, Chair of Euro-Arab Youth Music Center
        • Rüdiger Klein, Culture Action Europe
        • Moderator: Dr. Elena Theodoulou-Charalambous, Cyprus Ministry of Culture
    • 12:30 - 13:00, Jazz concert with bands from Cyprus
    • 13:00 - 14:00, Networking Lunch offered by the Creative Europe Desk Cyprus
    • 14:30 - 15:15, H.O.T.: European Agenda for Music,
                            Moderator: Stef Coninx, Flanders Arts Institute
    • 15:15-16:00, Idea Hub: Project presentations by participants
                            Moderator: Gretchen Amussen, Paris Conservatoire (CNSMD)
      • 16:00 - 17:45, Market Place
        • Q&A to project presenters
        • discussion rounds with EMC/IAMIC Board members on specific topic
        • presentation of info material
    • coffee break
    • 18:00 - 18:30 Welcome Address
    • 18:00 - 18:30 IAMIC Concert
    • 20:30 - 21:45 Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy Concert - only limited number of tickets available!

  • Sunday 11 June:
    Old Powerhouse / Palia Ilektriki
    • 9:00 Registration and coffee
    • 09:30 - 11:00 Panel discussion: Bridge-building through music: practical examples                     Part of the Erasmus+ funded project Music and Resilience Support (MARS)
      •  - Davide Grosso, International Music Council
      • - Merlijn Poolman, Stichting Nederlandse Muziek Export
      • - Ellada Evangelour Anna Lindh Foundation Cyprus, Rooftop Theatre
      • - Nadia Karayianni, Anna Lindh Foundation Cyprus, NGO Support Center
      • - David Sanders, MC USA
      • - Henrik Melius, Spiritus Mundi
        With Extracts of film presentation Hayatuna
      • Moderator: Silja Fischer, IMC Secretary General
    • 11:30 - 12:15,Wrap-Up of the conference
      • External rapporteur: Emily Akuno
      • Moderators of the panels
    • 12:15 - 12:30 Closing of the conference
    •                      Kostas Moschos, President of IAMIC and Ian Smith, Chairman of EMC
    • 12:30 - 14:00, Lunch
    • 14:00 - 18:00, General Assemblies of IAMIC and the International Music Council
    • 20:00   IAMIC Dinner

Practical information: Paphos (PFO) has its own airport with direct flights from London, Manchester, Moscow and Greece. Otherwise, Cyprus main airport is Larnaca (LCA), 1:30' hours by bus from Paphos.

Suggestions for accommodation will be announced soon.

Co-Organizers: IAMIC, EMC, Cyprus Music Information Centre, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation, Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, Pafos Cultural City of Europe.

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