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Classical:NEXT Rotterdam postpones in anticipation of vaccine rollout

Classical:NEXT, the classical and art music conference, has postponed its next gathering to late September 2021 in the expectation that vaccinations will allow easing of restrictions.

The interactive networking and exchange hub, which offers showcases, conference, project pitches and exposition, is now planned to take place at de Doelen, Rotterdam between 27 and 30 September.

It will be the ninth time Classical:NEXT has taken place, the last being in Rotterdam in May 2019. The unique event attracted over 1300 professionals associated with classical and art music, including representatives over 100 orchestras, 350 artists and over 800 music industry representatives from around the world.

The event has attracted plaudits for its forward-thinking approach to attracting the young, under-represented and ethnically diverse into the world of classical music. It is an open and egalitarian event that allows people of all backgrounds and all levels to engage with each other.

As Afa Dworkin, the President of organisers Sphinx Organisation said at the 2019 event, ‘We still have a lot of work to do in how we connect classical music with the world around us.

‘Classical music is a human right and as community members, organisers, supporters and listeners, we’re responsible for ensuring that right is available for all.’

De Doelen, the largest concert and conference complex in the Netherlands, has spent the last year restructuring its systems to allow for post-pandemic events, including social distancing of venue seats and new atmospheric technology. The management feels confident that by putting Classical:NEXT back four months, they will be able to offer an exciting and viable experience to help get the classical and art music world back on its feet.

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