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World Music Conference launched at Midlands University

The Kol Kinor Jewish Choir Photo: SM Irfan Tahir

A new conference to celebrate diversity in world music has been launched in the Midlands.

The three-day World Music Conference aims to aims to bring together artistes, academics, music educators from across Africa, Europe, USA and India.

Hosted by the University of Wolverhampton and organised by the British Carnatic Choir, the free event is believed to be the only one of its kind to be held in the UK.

The conference will particularly focus on children and young people in a bid to inspire and encourage them to consider a career in music, regardless of differences.

West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, has praised the launch of the conference Credit: PA

The conference has received the support of several high-ranking world politicians, including Theresa May, and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, said:

The festival is unique in its aim of bringing together artists, academics and music educators from across Africa, Europe, the USA and India

– Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor

Organiser Dr Chithra Ramakrishnan FRSA said:

This is a dream coming true. I am genuinely thrilled that this Conference is happening which would not be possible without the support of so many well-wishers. Our vision and mission is to promote peace, togetherness and to learn to respect one another for who we are and our backgrounds through music, a universal language and the glue of a harmonious and tolerant society.

– Dr Chithra Ramakrishnan, organiser