Connecting communities through world music

Dhiren Katwa Monday 16th September 2019 06:12 EDT

This year's theme for the popular World Music Conference (WMC) is Music, Mental Health & Well-being, focusing on how music can positively impact on our health and well-being.

The WMC, now in its third year, aims to revive and bring to life the rich cultural mix and diversity of the Midlands through music.

This year the WMC is expected to attract singers, artists, musicians, dancers reflecting music and dance forms from across the globe as well as academics, health practitioners, representatives from charities and several health and educational institutions.

Speaking at a press conference last Friday Dr Chithra Ramakrishnan FRSA, founder of the WMC, said she had been thrilled at the success so far and saw the event as an ideal opportunity for artists, existing and emerging, to showcase their talents on stage.

The press event was attended by former West Midlands’ Lord Lieutenant Dr Paul Sabapathy CVO CBE, Asian Business Chamber of Commerce’ (ABCC) former Chairman, Dr Nasir Awan MBE DL, charity Crossroads’ Chief Executive Chris Christie, Professor Martin Levermore MBE DL and columnist and Director of Media & Youth Affairs S M Irfan Tahir and was compered by Sreenivas Ramakrishnan, a first-year Engineering student at Aston University.

Paul Faulkner, Chief Executive, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said: “We remain committed to the ever important theme of Diversity and Inclusion and supporting businesses where we can. The World Music Conference has gained momentum since it was established and we are delighted to be part of this year’s preparations.”

A new addition this year is the Midlands Youth Ambassadors for Music initiative which is a call to young people to showcase their talent. Schools are being asked to nominate two students to put forward their items relating to music, also a 250 word brief as to why they should win. A song, a poem, a dance, a short musical. Closing date for entries is 14th October 2019. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and will be presented with a certificate and the opportunity to perform in front of an audience at the WMC.

This year’s conference will take place at the Student Union, Aston University on Friday, 8thNovember 2019. To find out more visit

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