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The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) announced on 14 February 2022 that the next edition of the organisation’s flagship event, the triennial World Symposium on Choral Music, will no longer take place in Qatar.
Originally scheduled for December 2023/January 2024, the event was to have been held in partnership with the Qatar National Choral Association (QNCA), which has now withdrawn from organising the symposium.
IFCM cites ‘numerous issues and concerns’, highlighting QNCA’s lack of financial sustainability.
According to IFCM, ‘IFCM respects QNCA’s decision to withdraw from and terminate the partnership. Currently, IFCM is making efforts to identify the most achievable way to organise a future WSCM in the Middle East region.’
This marks the second cancellation of a World Symposium, the previous edition in New Zealand having been a casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic.