Sunday, 6 February 2011

A review of ISME 2010 (August 1-6, 2010)


The Beijing municipal committee of the CCP and the municipal government paid great attention to the conference, and established the conference leading team whose members were as follows: Municipal Deputy Secretary Wang Anshun and Deputy Municipal Mayor Huangwei as the team leaders, municipal CPPCC chairman and president of the National Theater Chenping as the permanent deputy team leader, municipal committee of CPPCC deputy secretary Li Fuxiang, municipal government deputy secretary Malin, Director Yang Guiren of the Physical Education, Hygiene and Art Education Department of the Ministry of Education, Director Liu Limin of the Committee of Education, and others. The government made great efforts to provide the means for hosting a colorful and varied ISME World Conference.

There were 711 Presentations in this Conference.

  • 59 Symposia and Workshops
  • 480 Spoken Papers
  • 4 Keynote Speakers from different parts of the world, including a Musicologist, Music Educator, Composer, and Politician. Each gave a brilliant and informative speeches

There were 103 concerts representing musics of many cultures from around the world.

There were 163 workshops and classroom demonstrations that were given by music educators and researchers from all around the world.

There were 4019 registered delegates.

  • 3000 Chinese delegates (with 74 delegates from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan)
  • 1019 international delegates (913 regular delegates and 106 accompanying persons) from 65 countries and regions
  • 978 performers from 47 international performing groups
  • 2803 performers from 50 Chinese performing groups

In addition, there were:

  • 300 exhibitors
  • 668 volunteers
  • 310 primary and middle school students for classroom demonstrations
  • 203 working staff
  • 713 honored guests

A total of 9138 people participated in ISME 2010 World Conference. It was the largest ISME Conference ever held.


The COG arranged a large and elaborate multimedia opening ceremony concert, “The Colourful Silk Road”, as well as a mid-week concert, called “Night of China—the Sounds and Images of the Tang Dynasty”. The mid-week concert was followed by a Chinese Folk Music Carnival, which used “silk” as a metaphor for friendship and combined traditional music with features of a Chinese carnival. All of these concerts presented different aspects of the rich stylistic heritage of Chinese music to the international music education community. The CCM designated a specific venue for a Traditional Chinese Music Festival, which included 12 performances in all. In addition, there were 53 world music expositions.

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