News Release

REF NO.: 216

SUBJECT: Memorial University officially launches international traditional music conference on St. John’s campus

DATE: June 13, 2011

Note to editors:
            Memorial University’s Research Centre for Music, Media and Place (MMaP) along with the School of Music will launch the 2011 World Conference for the International Council of Traditional Music conference and concurrent music festival SOUNDshift tomorrow, Tuesday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the MMaP gallery on the second floor of the Arts and Culture Centre.
            It is the 41st incarnation of the world conference and the first time it will be held in Canada since 1961. More than 500 delegates from 60 countries will be at Memorial to take part in panel discussions, concerts, workshops and scholarly presentations. The massive international conference takes place July 13-19 on the St. John’s campus.
            The 2011 ICTM conference will be touching down in venues on the St. John’s campus for seven electric days, bringing a kaleidoscope of singers, instrumentalists, dancers and scholars of international calibre with it. A biennial event, the world conference is the leading global venue for the presentation of new research in music and dance.
            Music and movement researchers from places as far away as Brazil, Turkey, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea and as close as Memorial’s own resident faculty members and graduate students will immerse themselves in the discussion and exploration of traditional music and dance. Members of the public are also welcome to register for an array of daytime presentations and workshops.
            Concurrently, SOUNDshift: A Time for International Music and Dance, will take place on three separate evenings at the Arts and Culture Centre throughout the week, and will showcase three specially-themed concerts.
            To view the ICTM website and review the conference’s preliminary program, please visit www.mun.ca/ictm2011/. For more information regarding SOUNDshift, please visit www.soundshift.ca.

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