December 10, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

New Zealand’s largest city will host the next iteration of the annual International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) in June next year, which is expected to attract 200 delegates.

The conference explores the design, build and performance of new musical instruments and other kinds of musical interfaces.

“We are incredibly proud of hosting NIME, as it is the most important academic conference in the whole field of music technology,” said Fabio Morreale, lecturer and director of research at The University of Auckland’s School of Music, who was integral to winning the conference bid.

We are thrilled to host world-renowned musicians and scholars, who will come and share their latest research and inventions. The conference theme is aligned with the rising commitment in Aotearoa to reassess the value of indigenous art and methodologies,” said Morreale.

Led by the university, the bid was supported by Auckland Convention Bureau and Tourism New Zealand.

“It’s exciting that we will host NIME in New Zealand for the first time,” said Tourism New Zealand’s General Manager of domestic and business events, Bjoern Spreitzer.

“This conference will showcase the calibre of New Zealand’s research on the world stage and deliver new ideas and networking opportunities for our musical community.”