Classical:NEXT Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Regulations

This international classical music conference was to be held in the Netherlands this year, but was forced to cancel due to the nation’s extended restrictions

Kirill Richter live at the 2018 Classical:NEXT Conference (Photo credit: Eric van Nieuwland)


The Classical:NEXT conference was planned for September 27 to 30, 2021 at de Doelen in Rotterdam, with a live concert series of artists and productions across different formats.

Held annually, the event is a global networking and exchange hub that is dedicated exclusively to classical and art music. It is accessible to all professionals including artists, managers, presenters, orchestras, labels, educators, and more.

Due to the cancellation, the conference will now take place in Germany between May 17 and 20, 2022. Despite the rescheduling, all registration and booking fees will be refunded to participants.

The Netherlands government recently tightened travel restrictions, but Prime Minister Mark Rutte is hopeful — outlining the next stages in easing COVID-19 regulations and set November 1, 2021, as the target date for when things could return as they were.

“We have done everything in our power to make Classical:NEXT 2021 happen (the postponed Classical:NEXT 2020) and are therefore all the sadder about the turn of events,” reads the Classical:NEXT’s Facebook post. 

“We have worked hard to see elements of the program happen online, such as the Innovation Award or the event series Classical:NEXT Encore, and we have conceived new programme elements to keep all delegates on the pulse of the global art music scene.”

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