6th International Bagpipe Conference

The International Bagpipe Organisation presents the
11-13 March 2022
Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Abstract submission deadline: 1 October 2021
Abstract acceptance notification: 21 October 2021
Abstract length: 250 words
Contact: internationalbagpipeorg@gmail.com
Website: www.internationalbagpipeorganisation.com

Newcastle University, where the 2022 Conference will be held.

King's Hall, Newcastle University, UK

 heldThe International Bagpipe Organisation warmly invites you to participate in the Sixth International Bagpipe Conference (IBC) to mark International Bagpipe Day 2022 (10 March 2022), a celebration of the world’s diverse bagpipes and bagpiping traditions. This event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the International Bagpipe Conference.
For 2022, the IBO has joined up with the Northumbrian Pipers' Society (NPS) and Newcastle University to host a 3-day event, combining the conference with the 3rd Newcastle Piping Festival.

The combined events will start on Friday afternoon with a lunchtime concert, and end on Sunday afternoon making use of the outstanding facilities at Newcastle University. Full details of the weekend will be announced on the website in the autumn.
The conference will be held at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K and will be based in the department of music in the Armstrong Building. Events and concerts will take place in the wonderful space of the King’s Hall.

The conference is a productive and welcoming platform for all people interested in the study of bagpipes: musicologists, ethnomusicologists, music experts, instrument makers, folk musicians, dancers, and music lovers. This event is an exciting interdisciplinary opportunity to debate various questions relating to the study of bagpipes both today, and historically.

All are welcome, whether you choose to present or simply listen and enjoy the atmosphere. 

The IBCs are friendly events, open to all, promoting bagpipes from all around the world.

In 2022, the conference returns to the UK (after going to the United States in 2020, but rescheduled to a virtual conference in June of 2020). 


Presenters from around the world are welcome to present on themes directly linked to bagpipes.

Papers touching on other themes such as organology, playing techniques, ornamentation, history, iconography, instrument making, recordings, archiving, collecting, and composing are welcome.

Interested participants are to submit a paper title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, complete with an institutional affiliation or profession and contact details by Friday 1 October 2021 to: internationalbagpipeorg@gmail.com .
Please find previous abstracts in the conference archives on our website: www.internationalbagpipeorganisation.com   

Due to the large number of applications in previous years, abstracts from those applying for the first time, or who did not present in 2020, will be prioritised. This is to encourage a greater diversity of presenters. We do, however, encourage everyone to attend the conference, regardless of whether you are presenting or not.

Successful applicants will be notified by 31 October 2021.

Programme Committee:
Dr Roger Landes (Texas Tech University, USA)
Dr Cassandre Balosso-Bardin (University of Lincoln, UK)
Dr Simon McKerrell (Newcastle University, UK)
Dr Liz Santamaría Cadaval (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

For more information or details about past conferences, including abstracts of past papers, please browse our website.

Organising committee
Cassandre Balosso-Bardin (IBO)
Simon McKerrell (Newcastle University)
Andrew Davison (NPS)
Andy May (NPS)
Iain Gelston (NPS)
IBO Committee
Cassandre Balosso-Bardin
Roger Landes
Arle Lommel
Provisional Weekend schedule
Friday 11 March 2022 – afternoon
Afternoon concert
Friday 11 March 2022 – evening
Curated pub session (bring your bagpipe)

Saturday 12 March 2022 – day
International Bagpipe Conference
Saturday 12 March 2022 – evening
Bagpipes of the World Concert
Curated session  (bring your own bagpipe)
Sunday 13 March 2022
Conference workshops by NPS
Parting session at the Pub

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