International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO



The International Council for Traditional Music is a scholarly organization which aims to further the study, practice, documentation, preservation, and dissemination of traditional music and dance of all countries. To these ends the Council organizes World Conferences, Symposia, Colloquia, and Fora, and publishes the Yearbook for Traditional Music and the online Bulletin of the ICTM

As a non-governmental organization in formal consultative relations with UNESCO and by means of its wide international representation and the activities of its Study Groups, the International Council for Traditional Music acts as a bond among peoples of different cultures and thus contributes to the peace of humankind.

In focus

The April 2020 issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM is available for download

A new issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM (Volume 143, April 2020) is available for download.

ICTM activities postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

As we all know, the outbreak and pandemic status of the new disease COVID-19 (caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2) continues to affect the global population. 

Scammers targeting ICTM members via email

The ICTM Secretariat would like to warn that cybercriminals have been recently targeting ICTM members to try and scam them into sending them money.

Announcement: 46th ICTM World Conference POSTPONED to July 2022

The 46th ICTM World Conference has been postponed to July 2022 due to the uncertainties caused by the covid-19 pandemic.

Featured Event

46th ICTM World Conference

Start: Thursday, 21 July 2022
End: Wednesday, 27 July 2022
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Upcoming Events

3rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on African Musics

Dates: Wednesday, 23 September 2020 to Saturday, 26 September 2020
Location: Online

1st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Sound, Movement and the Sciences

Dates: Monday, 28 September 2020 to Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Location: Online

27th ICTM Colloquium

Dates: Saturday, 28 November 2020 to Monday, 30 November 2020
Location: Shanghai, China

Inaugural symposium of ICTM Study-Group-in-the-Making on Music and Dance in Indigenous Postcolonial Contexts

Dates: Monday, 30 November 2020 to Thursday, 3 December 2020
Location: Taiwan

6th Symposium of ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia

Dates: Saturday, 13 March 2021 to Sunday, 21 March 2021
Location: Bagan, Myanmar

23rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Musical Instruments

Dates: Wednesday, 24 March 2021 to Saturday, 27 March 2021
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

31st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology

Dates: Monday, 12 July 2021 to Sunday, 18 July 2021
Location: Klaipėda, Lithuania

7th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music of the Turkic-speaking World

Dates: Monday, 6 September 2021 to Thursday, 9 September 2021
Location: Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan

17th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts

Dates: Thursday, 7 October 2021 to Saturday, 9 October 2021
Location: Alpiarça, Portugal

3rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance of the Slavic World

Dates: Wednesday, 20 October 2021 to Saturday, 23 October 2021
Location: Poznań, Poland