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International Society for Music Education will be Welcomed to Azerbaijan

Speaking on the behalf of Uzeyir Hajibeyli, Baku Musical Academy and the leadership of the local section of the 33rd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, ISME 2018, to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 15-20 July 2018, we want to mention that Azerbaijan has gained its independence and all the countries of the world recognized this status. Freedom of thought and protection of human rights have been one of the reasons for the recognition of Azerbaijan's independence.

Azerbaijan, which gained independence in 1991, has taken on a number of global events. Among them were the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012, the 2015 European Games, and the Formula One Challenges held in 2016-2017.

Please note that guests from many countries around the world are welcomed with great hospitality, regardless of their nationality, religion or social status. As a multiethnic tolerant country, we are confident that in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku, on July 15-20, 2018, the person participating in the 33rd World Conference for the International Society for Music Education will be welcomed with respect for national and spiritual values ​​of Azerbaijan.


Colleagues and friends

We invite you to attend the 33rd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in July 2018, in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Baku is an architectural kaleidoscope of western and eastern fabric, blending seamlessly at the beautiful Caspian Sea. Nicknamed the ‘City of Winds’ Baku is the world’s lowest lying national capital. At its core, The UNESCO-listed Old City of îçeri Seher boasts the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and the city’s iconic Maiden Tower. The city is also home to the magnificent ‘Flame Towers’, illuminated stone mansions, a promenade at the shore of the Caspian Sea, and pedestrian-friendly street malls lined with boutique shops.

Home to four million people, Baku is the capital of Turkey’s sister country, Azerbaijan.  Enjoying an international reputation, Baku has recently hosted the Eurovision Song Contest (2012), the European Games (2015), and the European Grand Prix (2016). Following the ISME conference Baku will be co-hosting the UEFA football championships (2020).

ISME and our partners The Music Educator’s Society of Türkiye (MUZED) are very honoured to be working together in Baku. We are pleased also to be working alongside TURKSOY, the International Organization of Turkic Culture which will enable many participants from the Turkic countries to attend. In organizing this World Conference, we have developed a collaborative relationship with MUZED, TURKSOY, and our hosts in Azerbaijan, which will provide exciting and pioneering opportunities for ISME as an organization; now reaching a previously unaddressed membership community.

Opening this magnificent city to ISME scholars and musicians will build a cultural bridge between ancient musical traditions and contemporary music learning and teaching practices. We invite you to be part of our journey and to have an incredible experience with us.

Prof. Lee Higgins
ISME President

Prof. Dr. Uğur Alpagut
Conference Chair, Baku 2018


Conference theme: Life’s Journey Through Music

Music is an essential part of the human condition. For people of all ages, music plays an important and impactful role in their life experiences. Whether for leisure, livelihood, escape, or survival music helps many of us make sense of who we are and where we are going. Our theme for the 2018 ISME world conference is Life’s Journey Through Music. This theme reflects the lifelong learning, lifespan development and life-changing nature of music in people’s lives around the world. Join us in Baku to explore, interrogate, and perform ideas related to music as an integral component of the world we inhabit today and our hope for the future.

Turkish Airlines is the official airline of 33rd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education” and special discounts are offered on certain booking classes. In order to proceed with the online booking tool for Turkish Conventions please visit the Turkish Conventions website and use the event code 018TKM18” under delegate section.
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ISME 2018 - 33rd World Conference of International Society for Music Education / 15-20 July 2018 / Baku / Azerbaijan