test Recap: Dutch delegation at CINARS & Mundial Montreal 2018
  • 16 Dec. '18

    Recap: Dutch delegation at CINARS & Mundial Montreal 2018

    In November, six Dutch delegates visited the CINARS Biennale and Mundial Montreal in Montreal, Canada together with Dutch Performing Arts. They received a contribution from Dutch Performing Arts for their visit aimed at promoting, researching and/or networking for a Dutch music company (classical, contemporary, jazz and world music).
    Dutch Performing Arts was present at the CINARS Biennale from 12-17 November 2018 and at Mundial Montreal from 13-16 November 2018, together with Dutch delegates: Minyeshu Kifle Tedla and Eric van de Lest (Minyeshu), Joost Lijbaart (Under the Surface), Andries van Wieren (Amsterdam Klezmer Band), Ruven Ruppik (Lingua Franca Ensemble), and Tido Visser (Netherlands Chamber Choir).

    Check out the photo report by percussionist Joost Lijbaart, representing his band Under the Surface.

    Joost Lijbaart:

    Icy expedition
    "After touching down after a quiet flight to Montreal, I made my way to the hotel. What should be an easy 10 to 15-minute walk proved to be quite the challenge at minus 10 degrees Celsius. After warming up at the hotel and a quick bite, I went to see a couple of showcases at cafe L’Escogriffe."

    Fruitful meetings
    "The following day was fantastic, full of fruitful meetings. In the morning I attended two panel discussions about how to be successful as an artist - a subject I also teach at two Dutch conservatories. It was interesting to listen to the lessons these panels had to share, even though there is no definitive answer or how-to guide.
    In the afternoon I joined the Dutch reception hosted by Dutch Performing Arts, Dutch Music Export and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Here's a picture of me and my fellow delegate Ruven Ruppik. During the reception I spoke with a lot of presenters from Canada and the US, and I followed up on a few options for Canadian festivals for my band Under the Surface.
    In the evening I attended some more showcases, including an inspiring performance by Iranian-Canadian percussionist Hamin Honari."

    Two degrees of seperation
    "The next morning, before heading out to meet-ups and showcases, I went for a walk in Montreal's old city centre and had a couple of meetings.
    In between showcases it was easy to meet and network with new people in an inviting and relaxing setting. People always seemed to be really interested in where I was from and what was the purpose of my visit to Montreal. I spoke with a radio journalist from Vancouver about Under the Surface, who later on did a segment in his show on the band.
    After accidentally missing the bus to Mundial Montreal's closing reception, I shared a cab with an Israeli-Iranian music duo. As it turns out, we have a lot of mutual friends. In the music industry you're always two or fewer acquaintance links apart."

    An inviting, international crowd
    "On my last day in Montreal I joined a lunch on the invitation of the Scottish delegation, and I visited CINARS. Besides a meeting with some of my contacts from Australia, I also spoke with delegates from Japan, Macau, China, Korea and the UK. Again, I was struck by how easy it was to approach and get in touch with new people from around the world.
    Montreal is a fantastic city, with exceptionally friendly people and a vibrant music scene. I was very pleased to be able to visit Mundial Montreal and CINARS. Even when you're not doing a showcase yourself, they were great events to network and to represent my band."
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