The 2009 edition of ISCM World New Music Days will be held in Sweden between September 24 and October 4. The festival will move through three cities, each with a strong contemporary music profile. The first part will be in medieval Visby on Gotland, the meeting place in the Baltic Sea, the second one in Växjö and the Kingdom of Glass and the last one in Sweden’s gateway to the western seas and the Continent, namely Göteborg. The artistic theme for the 2009 festival is Listen to the World!
The 2009 festival seeks to establish a new position for art music, one as pioneer not only in music, but also in terms of taking responsibility for our world and its development. In contrast to the fact that its artistic quality and expressive breadth have expanded in all directions, contemporary art music has, generally, failed to make itself a part of the cultural and political discourses. We are convinced that this can change. Art music can assume a more prominent position in societal and cultural development.