The mdw’s Department of Popular Music (ipop) was founded back in 2002. And in this issue’s Special section, you can get a comprehensive impression of ipop’s development and diverse work since then.

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Rector Ulrike Sych ©Sabine Hauswirth

You’ll learn things well worth knowing about what ipop and its graduates have achieved in terms of both musicianship and scholarship. And we’ll also introduce the personalities behind it all in an interview covering this department’s development and future plans as well as the contribution that ipop makes to Austria’s musical landscape.

You can also find out all about the engagements accepted by this year’s crop of Max Reinhardt Seminar graduates, as well as about the autumn and winter stage productions featuring current students. And to kick off the Film Academy’s 65th birthday celebrations, you can read some initial details on their activities for this special year as well as learn more about two students and their current cinematic productions, movies that—I’ll say this much—are not for the weak of heart.

Nordic compositions will once again stand front-and-centre in the autumn segment of the mdw Festival ’16 following a successful start this spring. The festival’s artistic and scholarly approaches to the topic, including an international symposium on Scandinavia’s indigenous Sami people, demonstrate yet again just how broad a spectrum our university covers.

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