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are postponed until 2021!

Presented every two years by Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD), the Darmstadt Summer Course is an international “hot spot” 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 next Darmstadt Summer Course will have to be postponed from July 2020 until the summer of 2021.

The 50th edition of the Darmstadt Summer Course was initially planned to take place from 18th of July to 1st of August this year. 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. The worldwide effects of the COVID-19 pandemic make 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.

The 2020 participation fee will be refunded to enrolled participants. They will be given priority during the 2021 enrollment.

All participants will receive an e-mail explaining how we are going to proceed. For further questions, please e-mail!

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