Third Notice - 40th World Conference of the Ictm 1-8 July 2009 Durban, South Africa

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You are invited to attend the 40th World Conference of the ICTM which will be held from 1-8 July 2009 in Durban, hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

For more information please see the conference website:

Host City

You are invited to attend the 40th World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music, which will be held from 1-8 July 2009 in Durban South Africa, hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College Campus, in cooperation with the South African Department of Arts and Culture and the South African National Commission on UNESCO.

With a population of 3 ½ million, Durban is the second largest metropolitan area in South Africa. Durban's unique blend of African, Asian and European cultures truly reflects the people of South Africa. This vibrant city where the conference will be held is famous for its Zulu dancing, traditional hand-woven baskets, carved wooden sculptures, clay pots and beadwork. The city lies on the shoreline of a protected bay and is one of the few cities in the world where harbour, water sports and beachfront facilities are only a block or two away from the central business district. In one day you can travel from forest to grasslands, seashore to mountains, modern city to rustic village. Natural treasures include the soaring Drakensburg Mountains and St. Lucia Wetlands where fresh and salt water meet to create a unique ecosystem.

Accommodation is varied and plentiful with over 47 000 tourist beds available, which range from luxury-budget hotels to bed and breakfasts, guest lodges and clean University residence.

School of Music

ICTM 2009 will be hosted byv the College of Humanities, Development and Social Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which is the home of the School of Music. The School of Music is a centre of music scholarship and creativity incorporating the African Music Project (AMP), Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) and Opera Studios and Choral Academy (OSCA). The School also prides itself with a first-class Electro Acoustic Studio and houses a variety of research and outreach programmes. The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas with a choice of specialising in the following areas of performance and research among others: African Music and Dance, Jazz Studies, Orchestral Performance, Opera and Choral Studies, Popular Music Studies, Music Education etc.

The School's programmes are delivered by staff who are active musicians in their respective fields of study. These include recognised researchers, composers and performers. The School's music library is second to none in the area, offering a variety of text and music collections for reference to resident and visiting scholars. The School welcomes visiting artists and scholars, creating a vibrant atmosphere for scholarly and professional exchange. The current School population is a fine mix of local and international staff and students creating a rich multicultural base for engagement in music study, creation and performance.

Isicathamiya Competition

Delegates will have the opportunity to experience a truly Durban tradition - an all night isicathamiya competition. These competitions run every Saturday night when Beatrice and Alice streets are crowded with men and women from all over the Durban hostels and surrounding informal residences and settlements. The streets come to life with the sounds of choirs warming up for the night's performance, and the various choirs entertain their followers until dawn.

For this unique South African musical experiences and much more, join us in the Zulu Kingdom for the 40th World Conference of the ICTM.

University Accommodation

University Residences in close proximity to the conference venue have been secured for delegates. The residence accommodation is to be booked directly with the conference secretariat on the following email: ICTM2009@ukzn. …