ISCM World Music Days, Wroclaw, Polen
The World Music Days Festival is a feast of contemporary music provided by the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) – one of the most important international networks of members from around fifty countries, devoted to the promotion and presentation of contemporary music – the music of our time.
Each year the festival is hosted by one of ISCM's members. The host nation has some flexibility in determining the individual themes that drive the programming of the festival, either presenting a showcase of activity from around the world, or applying other criteria for the selection and programming of works.
The ISCM World Music Days Festival provides also an opportunity for the ISCM members to meet in their annual congress, to discuss issues affecting contemporary music and matters of mutual concern.
For the first time the World Music Days Festival was held in Salzburg in 1923, and during its long and distinguished history it was hosted by over fifty cities around the world. In recent years the festival was organized, among others, in Sydney, Zagreb, Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Vienna, Bratislava and Kosice. In October 2014 – for the fourth time in Poland – it will take place in Wroclaw.
Although the World Music Days Festival is a festival of contemporary academic music, the main idea for its edition in 2014 is to show the most significant music phenomena that characterize new music at all.