International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

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The International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance is a scholarly organization which aims to further the study, practice, documentation, preservation, and dissemination of music and dance of all countries. To these ends the Council organizes World Conferences, Symposia, Colloquia, and Fora, and publishes the Yearbook for Traditional Music and the online Bulletin of the ICTMD

As a non-governmental organization in formal consultative relations with UNESCO and by means of its wide international representation and the activities of its Study Groups, the International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance acts as a bond among peoples of different cultures and thus contributes to the peace of humankind.

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ICTMD Executive Board solidarity note on behalf of Prof. David Mc Donald’s freedom of expression

In the context of manifestations for the end of violence in Gaza happening in campuses around the world, the ICTMD Executive Board urges the concerned institutional authorities to assure the freedom of expression in peaceful manifestations of thei

The April 2024 issue of the Bulletin of the ICTMD is available for download

A new issue of the Bulletin of the ICTMD is available for download.

Yearbook for Traditional Music Vol 55 (2023) published in two issues

The latest volume of the Yearbook for Traditional Music (Vol 55/2023) has now been published in two issues. Click "view" to access the Table of Contents for each issue.

Upcoming Events

Joint Symposium of the ICTMD Study Groups on Music and Dance in the Turkic World and on Global History of Music

Dates: Wednesday, 18 September 2024 to Sunday, 22 September 2024
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan

15th Symposium of the ICTMD Study Group on Mediterranean Music Studies

Dates: Monday, 23 September 2024 to Friday, 27 September 2024
Location: Palermo, Italy

Joint Symposium of the ICTMD Study Groups on Music Archaeology and on Iconography of the Performing Arts

Dates: Wednesday, 25 September 2024 to Friday, 27 September 2024
Location: Valladolid, Spain

25th Symposium of ICTMD Study Group on Sources and Archives for Music and Sound Studies

Dates: Tuesday, 8 October 2024 to Saturday, 12 October 2024
Location: Berlin, Germany

9th Symposium of the ICTMD Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe

Dates: Monday, 21 October 2024 to Sunday, 27 October 2024
Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Joint Symposium of the ICTMD Study Groups on Applied Ethnomusicology and on Sacred and Spiritual Sounds and Practices

Dates: Wednesday, 23 October 2024 to Sunday, 27 October 2024
Location: Istanbul, Türkiye

2nd Symposium of the ICTMD Study Group on Indigenous Music and Dance

Dates: Friday, 22 November 2024 to Monday, 25 November 2024
Location: Chiayi, Taiwan

48th ICTMD World Conference

Dates: Thursday, 9 January 2025 to Wednesday, 15 January 2025
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

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