EMC Newsletter 01/2017 - Music and Cultural Diplomacy European Music Council

Dear Reader,

This year’s edition of the European Forum on Music will be dedicated to Music and Cultural Diplomacy: Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures and take place from Friday, 9 June until Sunday, 11 June. Annexed to the European Forum on Music three other meetings will take place: the EMC Annual Meeting on Friday, 9 June in the morning, as well as the IMC General Assembly and the IAMIC General Assembly on Sunday, 11 June, afternoon and Monday, 12 June morning.
The European Forum on Music will be organised jointly by IAMIC, the International Association of Music Information Centres and the EMC and is hosted by Pafos2017, European Capital of Culture in Cyprus. The geopolitical location of this year’s Forum is suited perfectly to address this issue and we heartily invite you to join this endeavour.
In June 2016, the EU adopted a 'Strategy for international cultural relations' aiming at “encouraging cultural cooperation between the EU and its partner countries and promoting a global order based on peace, the rule of law, freedom of expression, mutual understanding and respect for fundamental values.”
We have invited Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to deliver a keynote.

Therefore, with this edition of the European Forum on Music, we would like to look at how civil society initiatives engage in this field of “music and cultural diplomacy” and how music can build bridges and be a tool for peace and social cohesion.
At the European Forum on Music you will be able to meet key actors, get to know relevant case studies and participate in open discussions. We welcome your suggestions already now: What do you think is at the “heart of music and cultural diplomacy”? What are the issues that you would like to discuss?
Ramy Essam, one of the IMC Five Music Rights Champions, will be attend the European Forum on Music to hand over the Music Rights Award.
Make sure you don’t miss this important opportunity for knowledge building, networking and exchange and register now through the EMC website.
Please do not hesitate to contact the EMC office in Bonn for any further questions. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Pafos.
All the best,
The EMC-Team


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And last but not least some pratical information:
Registration to the European Forum on Music is open

Thursday, 8 June: arrival of EMC participants, welcome dinner for EMC delegates
Friday, 9 June, 9.30 – 12.30: EMC Annual Meeting
Friday, 9 June, 13.00: registration to European Forum on Music
Friday, 9 June, 14.00: official opening of the Forum, Forum sessions
Friday, 9 June, evening: opening ceremony of European Forum on Music
Saturday, 10 June: Forum sessions
Sunday, 10 June, 9.30 – 13.00: Forum sessions
Sunday, 11 June, after lunch break: IMC and IAMIC General Assemblies
Monday, 12 June, morning: ongoing IMC and IAMIC General Assemblies

The conference venue is the Old Power House in the centre of Pafos.

Travel Info
You can either travel to Pafos or to Larnaca, there is a public shuttle bus running between Larnaca airport and Pafos. We will also try to set up group transports for those who will arrive at the same time.
Please book your hotels as soon as possible as we cannot offer any preferential rates this year. In regular booking platforms you can find a choice of hotels, apartments or private accommodation in different categories. You may also wish to look for accommodation in Limassol – a shuttle will be organised between Limassol and the conference venue.

Visa requests
Should you need a visa to enter Cyprus, please contact Nenad Bogdanovic at Nenad@creativeeuropecyprus.eu (Cyprus Symphonie Orchestra Foundations) AND Michalis Karakatsanis at m.karakatsanis@cymic.org.cy (Cyprus Music Information Centre for your formal invitation letter to Cyprus and a Visa request. Please note that this procedure can take quite a while as there as Cyprus does not have embassies in all countries.

Registration Fee
Registration for EMC and IAMIC members is 110 Euro, for the welcome dinner on Thursday evening will be charge 20 Euro extra.

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