Classical:NEXT, the little sister of WOMEX, was born out of the simple idea to bring the diverse scenes of classical and contemporary music together – and take them to the next level together! The idea of innovation expressed in the event’s name is evident throughout the entire project: In addition to being a networking event, delegates come to Classical:NEXT in order to explore new creative ideas and shape future-oriented business practices.
Both the annual meeting and the worldwide community are steadily growing: 1,200 classical music professionals from more than 45 countries attended Classical:NEXT 2017 in Rotterdam this year, the corresponding year-round online platform C:N NET features more than 4,000 contacts. The community’s members are cultural multipliers ranging from grass-roots DIYers to established institutions such as Carnegie Hall, Lucerne Festival, Deutsche Grammophon, Orchestras Canada, Association of British Orchestras, Naxos, Southbank Centre and many more.
Classical:NEXT is a unique music meeting…
- …dedicated exclusively to classical music and art music in a wider sense;
- …truly international;
- …uniting all sectors;
- …welcoming all approaches, from traditional to experimental, major to niche;
- …addressing both business and creative aspects;
- …offering an open platform including a call for programme proposals.
"This is not just a conference that happens once a year. This is now a movement."
Anthony Sargent CBE, CEO Luminato Festival Toronto, chair of the International Society for the Performing Arts
"The perfect point from which to look into the future of classical music."
Daniel Hope, violinist
"Classical:NEXT is everything you want to know and need of classical music now"
R. van Beem, logistic & sales, Brilliant Classics
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
17–18 May 2019
Photo: Classical:NEXT 2016 showcase artist Orchester im Treppenhaus, by Eric van Nieuwland