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To: Musicians and Dancers in Newfoundland & Labrador

November 4, 2010

As many of you already know, Canada (and specifically Memorial University of Newfoundland) is hosting the world conference of the International Council for Traditional Music in 2011.  This is the first time this prestigious event has come to Canada in half a century.  We will welcome over 500 guests from over 60 countries from July 13-19, 2011.  The event includes an academic conference (proposals for which have already been submitted to the international program committee) and a festival. Our festival, Sound Shift: A Time for International Music and Dance will be a place to showcase exceptional music and dance performers from the province, the country, and beyond.  Jean Hewson has agreed to be the Artistic Director for the festival.

This is a Call for Proposals for Music and/or Dance Performances and Workshops for the festival.  Deadline for the receipt of proposals is November 23, 2010.

There are a number of parts of the festival where we will have the opportunity to showcase the outstanding musicians of the province:

a)      at evening concerts, specifically one on the theme of Atlantic Roots/Routes.

b)      at a designated concert on the Music and Dance of Newfoundland and Labrador which will be scheduled for a late afternoon slot (5:30-6:30)

c)      at workshops

d)      at Opening and Closing ceremonies which are conventionally performance-rich, rather formal events.

e)      at the gala Opening Reception on July 14 at The Rooms.

f)        at late evening, informal venues, particularly the Gushue Hall Junior Common Room on campus which will be the late night hang-out for delegates who stay on campus.

If you are interested in performing at Sound Shift, please tell us which of the six types of performance listed above you would like to propose, who the musicians/dancers would be (we need names and numbers), and what the instrumentation is. Please also include a brief budget, indicating the fee you (or your group) would normally expect as well as expenses you would anticipate.   Write a short description (one paragraph) about the performance you propose, indicating repertoire and explaining why you think it would be of interest to this diverse international audience.

We will finalize decisions by mid-December.

If you have any questions please visit our website www.mun.ca/ictm or contact ictm2011@mun.ca

Jean Hewson, Artistic Director                         Kati Szego, Co-organizer, ICTM201                              Beverley Diamond, Co-organizer, ICTM2011

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