Nau mai, haere mai—welcome!

The Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) will proudly host the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) World New Music Days in Auckland and Christchurch in April 2020.

Image: Piha Beach and township, west of Auckland

Image: Piha Beach and township, west of Auckland


The Festival

In April 2020, composers, performers and music presenters from around the world will join New Zealand audiences at the World New Music Days: ISCM 2020. The festival will include concerts by local and international professional performing orchestras and ensembles, soloists, Māori performers, informal ensembles and collaborations, presenting a diverse range of contemporary music by New Zealand composers alongside new works contributed by the international members of the ISCM. An Asian Composers League (ACL) festival will run concurrently with the latter part of the ISCM event, and have a particular focus on the music of the Asia-Pacific region.

Festival events take place concurrently with the ISCM General Assembly meetings. Here delegates from over fifty member countries meet to discuss issues facing new music around the world and trends in international contemporary composition, and to plan ISCM events.

CANZ’s formal bid to host the festival and meetings was approved in November 2017, at the ISCM General Assembly meetings in Vancouver. This will be the first time since the ISCM was established in 1922 that these annual events will occur in New Zealand, and only the second time it has been held in the southern hemisphere.

Image: Onuku wharenui, Akaroa, southeast of Christchurch

Image: Onuku wharenui, Akaroa, southeast of Christchurch


Key Dates & Locations

21-26 April 2020
World New Music Days Festival
ISCM General Assembly meetings

27 April 2020
Travel to Christchurch

27-30 April 2020
World New Music Days Festival (continued)
Asian Composers League Festival and General Assembly

Image: Auckland City

Image: Auckland City



The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is a forum for the advancement, dissemination and interchange of new music from around the world. Through the ISCM, members promote contemporary music in all its varied forms, strengthening musical life in their local contexts and making their music and its creators known to world.

The annual ISCM World New Music Days festival is the principle vehicle through which the ISCM pursues their mission. Organized each year by a different host, the festival presents music from each member section, showcasing the diversity of musical practice in our time. Recent festivals have taken place in Hong Kong, Lithuania, Sweden, Australia, Croatia, Belgium, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Slovenia, South Korea, Canada, China, and Estonia.

Since its founding in 1922, the ISCM network has grown to include more than 60 organizations in over 50 countries, on every continent.