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Call for proposals for the International Conference for Asia Pacific Society for Ethnomusicology (APSE) and Music Council of Asia and Oceania (MCAO)

Music Institute of Qingdao University and Music Institute of Fujian Normal University will hold the International Conference for Asia Pacific Society for Ethnomusicology (APSE) and Music Council of Asia and Oceania (MCAO) from Oct. 17 to 19, 2015 in Qingdao city, Shandong Province, China.

A call for proposals from APSE,MCAO members and interested scholars can be found and downloaded below: 


By August 1st , 2015, all the participants should send their receipts to the email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CERDOTOLA 2015 International Conference: Africa in Search of Culturally Sustainable Development

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CERDOTOLA (International Centre for Research and Documentation on African Traditions and Languages) organised an International conference about " Africa in search of Culturally Sustainable Development" This international symposium took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from the 18th to the 21st June 2015, under the distinguished patronage of H.E Paul Biya, president of the republic of Cameroon.

"The place and role of the African traditions in contemporary dynamics of emergence" were discussed by scholars representing prestigious universities and research and training institutes.

At the end of the symposium, a CERDOTOLA award was attributed to the American Harvard University, which actively took part in the preparation and the directing of the work.

Find more information about the symposium here.

News from the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa

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The Observatory is a Pan African international NGO created in 2002 with the support of African Union, the Ford Foundation, and UNESCO. Its aim is to monitor cultural trends and national cultural policies in the region and to enhance their integration in human development strategies through advocacy, information, research, capacity building, networking, co-ordination, and co-operation at the regional and international levels.

Their latest news:

  • Cooperation with UNESCO under the Participation Programme for 2014 - 2015
  • Cooperation with Africalia
  • Meeting at the African Department of Unesco
  • Participation in the Belgian Cooperation Ngos working in Mozambique seminar ( Maputo, 23-24 June)
  • Audience with the Mozambican Minister of Culture and Tourism:  S.E. Silva Armando Dunduro

Find more information and news about OCPA here. Continues Its Great Giveaway with 3-Day Passes to the Newport Jazz Festival July 31-August 2



Founded in 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival was the first annual jazz festival in America. It has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world's leading established and emerging artists. Referred to as the grandfather of all jazz festivals, the event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island, a city which is famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture.


Read more about the 2015 edition and the 3-Day Passes here.

EMC Staff Exchange Programme

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The EMC is currently offering a staff exchange programme for its members. Following the first successful round aimed at the National Music Council within its network, the programme is now being opened up to its International and European Music Organisation membership category.

The basic idea behind the programme is that one organisation sends an interested member of staff or Board to an EMC member organisation in another country and/or hosts a staff member from another organisation. The exchange should last between 5 and 10 days. This will allow for staff members to learn from each other, share their experiences and get an insight in to a foreign (working) culture.


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Jeunesses Musicales Internationales takes part in the European Development Days 2015, 3-4 June 2015, Brussels

Jeunesses Musicales Internationales, in collaboration with Africalia, organises a 'project lab' panel to debate on the subject of "Culture, pillar of Development Cooperation" on Thursday the 4th of June at 2.15pm at Tour&Taxis in Brussels.

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The subject of « culture and development » will be highlighted by concrete examples of programmes and practices and focuses on 3 themes: Youth and education in arts and cultural matters ; Freedom of expression through arts and culture ; the role of diaspora in the cultural development in host countries and countries of origin.

The subject will be discussed by a panel of experts, including: Blasko Smilevski (JMI), Frédéric Jacquemin (Africalia), Sofie Leferink (HIVOS), Peter Rorvik (Arterial Network), Ken N’Diaye (L’Horloge du Sud) et Billy Kalonji (Mwinda Kitoko). Moderator: Stefaan Anrys (MO*).

Participation in this event is free of charge, but timely subscription is obligatory, which you must do through the official website of the event :

Final deadline for subscription is on Monday 25th of May 2015.

Click here for more information.


European Academy for Choral Conductors

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The Academy with Ragnar Rasmussen (Norway) will be dedicatedto "Bach &
Scandinavia – Understanding the music of our times through the study of Bach'slmusic" and will focus on important works by J.S. Bach, P. Nørgard, S.D.Sandström, K. Nystedt, J. Mäntijärvi and others.

Deadline for applications is 31/5/2015!

Further information here.



5th European Forum on Music, Riga, 2015


Rather than just hearing about new technologies, markets or ways on how to improve an artist's visibility through digital means, participants of the EMC's 5th European Forum on Music, co-hosted by the Latvian Music Council, will discuss the synergies between the digital world and 'real life'.

Click here for more information.


Third edition of the European Day of Early Music

logo20REMA20EU20Day20of20EM20petit 1The third edition of the European Day of Early Music took place on 21 March 2015. Over 120 events were organised on that day. Concerts were streamed live online and was launched!

Read a report about the event:

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