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Wellington secures global music conference

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Wellington will host the World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) marking the first time the conference is held in New Zealand.

The conference will take place at Tākina Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre in January 2025 and is expected to attract at least 800 music and dance scholars from around the globe.

The conference bid was led by Brian Diettrich, Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the New Zealand School of Music, at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), with support from Business Events Wellington and Tourism New Zealand.

Diettrich, who is also an Executive Board Member of ICTM and a member of the Wellington Advocate Network, will be the Local Arrangements Chair for ICTM 2025.

“ICTM 2025 will be a fabulous cultural event for the city and a historical undertaking for New Zealand,” he said.

“ICTM 2025 also demonstrates the global value of music research and scholarship, including to the local economy and at a time when New Zealand universities have proposed reductions in music. By contrast, scholars of music and dance across the world will be congregating together in Wellington, speaking and singing the value of music globally.”

Business Events Wellington Manager Irette Ferreira says the conference win draws on both VUW’s and New Zealand’s long history of engagement with ICTM.

“Partnering with Victoria University is crucial to our strategy in attracting conferences, especially conferences that align with the city’s reputation and strength as New Zealand’s vibrant cultural capital,” she said.

“This conference, taking place in January 2025, is also a great example of business events boosting the city’s hospitality sector during what would traditionally be its off-peak season.”

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