Classical:NEXT – Back to the future 

Classical:NEXT is back and bigger and better than ever. We share some highlights of the Berlin event that is the mecca for art music professionals. 

Classical:NEXT, the renowned international gathering of classical and art music professionals, is making a triumphant comeback after a one-year hiatus. Despite fears of its demise after 10 successful editions, the event is now back with its 11th edition, thanks to new partners, a revamped board, and fresh funding from the city of Berlin.

Recognised for its diverse programme, this year’s Classical:NEXT boasts five days of concerts and conferences, overseen by an international jury consisting of independent members who curate the showcases, conferences and project pitches, with 15 of the 30 sessions chaired by women. Attendees will be treated to performances by Berlin’s cutting-edge ensembles at iconic venues such as the historic Gethsemanekirche, which played a role in the city’s reunification and the “cultural village” of Holzmarkt, an alternative club venue on what was once the inner-city border. Additional spaces include the architecturally stunning Pierre Boulez Saal chamber music hall, founded by Daniel Barenboim and designed by Frank Gehry, and the Colosseum, a cinema complex transformed into a conference venue. 

With an expected turnout of over 1,000 international delegates and special guests from Berlin, the event will feature innovative musical projects and discussions on industry-wide issues from both the recorded and live sectors, including music education and outreach. At the heart of Classical:NEXT is its dedication to fostering a sense of community and collaboration to develop new solutions and formats.

The revival of Classical:NEXT as an annual event is a testament to its enduring popularity and relevance. With news that the organisers are considering the possibility of establishing a permanent home for the event in Berlin, Classical:NEXT is poised to continue its legacy of celebrating classical and art music on a global scale.

Classical:NEXT takes place from 13 to 17 May in Berlin.
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