Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Festival features wide variety of world music

"From bouzouki to bodhrán, Chinese opera to Cuban salsa — if the SOUNDshift festival doesn’t have it, it probably doesn’t exist as a form of music.
The music festival is being held in St. John’s next month alongside the 2011 International Council of Traditional Music conference, marking the first time the event has been held in Canada since 1961. More than 500 delegates from 60 countries will visit Memorial University, taking part in workshops, discussions, lectures and concerts.
The conference and festival was launched Tuesday, with the help of university president and vice-chancellor Gary Kachanoski and Natural Resources Minister Shawn Skinner, who represented Tourism and Culture Minister Terry French."

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