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  • What is the role of the composer in society ?
  • How can we impact society and individuals better through collaborative music making?
  • What are the incredibly contemporary and fresh sonic worlds that are made possible by co-creating and collaborating with people and communities from all dimensions of society?
  • What are the methodologies that enable engagement in the making of ambitious and exhilarating new music?

The Engaged Composer Symposium is an open two-day event aimed at sharing and elevating the practices of music co-creation and collaboration with communities and people from all dimensions of society. It is a unique partnership project between Unboxed UK, Our Place in Space, Nerve Centre, Dumbworld and Ulster University.

Over two days, seven of the UK and Ireland’s most experienced and inspirational composer/practitioners share their insights and experience in collaborating and co-creating new music-based work with a broad range of individuals and communities from all dimensions of society. A series of workshops and seminars will share methodologies, specialisms, project models, artistic objectives and techniques to enable exhilarating and fresh contemporary music to be formed.

The Engaged Composer Symposium interrogates community driven practice and explores the exhilarating possibilities that lie in collaborative creation.

12 early career Irish composers will also participate fully in the workshops and will be mentored in the design and delivery of their own projects.

We warmly invite anyone who is are interested in developing their knowledge, understanding or practice in relation to collaborative community creation to attend any or all of the sessions over the two days. Particularly welcome are music students, practitioners, artists, community leaders, arts organisation representatives etc.

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Friday 10 March to Saturday 11 March

Cultra Manor, Ulster Folk Museum, 153 Bangor Rd, Holywood, BT18 0EU