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Sunday 14 November, 2021

Organisers of the World Music Contest remain positive about a healthy level of interest in the 2022 event as it prepares to return after a COVID-enforced absence.

The next contest is due to take place from July 7-31, 2022 and despite the pandemic, the number of registrations is sitting at around 200.

According to general artistic manager Björn Bus, that number allows WMC to put together an exciting programme that does justice to the international standing of the festival. “At this moment, not all bands have reached the point that they have definitely registered. We want to keep the door open for those potential participants until December 15.”

Because of the COVID pandemic, many participants from the lower divisions have had a rough start to their preparations for WMC. It is expected that several participants will be added to the contests.

WMC chairman Max Kousen commented: “We are taking into account the uncertainty of the national and international COVID restrictions. Despite this uncertainty there is a spirit of optimism among participants and the WMC organisation.

“The world is yearning for music, we feel it too, and we want to and will do everything we can to make it happen. But that does not mean that we can ignore the COVID crisis and we have to remain realistic.

“It requires us to be cautious. After all, as host, we are responsible for our participants and visitors.

“We are hopeful for the future and the number of registrations is encouraging, but we will have to keep monitoring the international situation.”

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