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31.07. – 14.08.2021

Presented every two years by Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD), the Darmstadt Summer Course is an international platform for contemporary and experimental musical practices and composition: it is summer academy, festival and discourse platform at the same time and a meeting point of over 400 composers, interpreters, performers, sound artists and scholars. Since 1946, the Darmstadt Summer Course has been aiming at bringing together strong musical and aesthetic positions, providing a framework for high-level performance and discourse, a lively international network and an inspiring experience for our participants and guests.

⚠️ Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Darmstadt Summer Course 2020 had to be postponed. New dates: 31.07. – 14.08.2021

The 50th edition of the Darmstadt Summer Course was initially planned to take place from 18th of July to 1st of August 2020. Besides its unique combination of summer academy and international music festival, the Darmstadt Summer Course gains a great part of its significance and attractiveness through being an international meeting point and through creating temporary communities of participants, tutors, guest artists and visitors over two weeks. The artistic program with over 60 public concerts and an extensive academy program was supposed to be presented at the end of April 2020. The worldwide effects of the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to present a festival with international participants in a responsible way. For this reason, IMD had to decide – after having talked to funding organizations and artists – to realize the program one year later. The 50th Darmstadt Summer Course are now planned to be held – 75 years after their first edition in 1946 – from 31 July to 14 August 2021.

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