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World Music Expo WOMEX Reveals 2020 Host City: Budapest, Hungary

Piranha Arts, the producers of WOMEX, have announced today that the Hungarian capital, Budapest, will once again host the World Music Expo in 2020. This will be the second edition to be held in Central Eastern Europe. The dates for the 26th WOMEX are Wednesday, October 21 to Sunday, October 25, 2020.

The 2019 edition of WOMEX will be taking place in Tampere, Finland, October 23 – 27, 2019.

Piranha Arts have teamed up with Hangvető, WOMEX’s local partner in Budapest. On partnering for the second time, András Lelkes, CEO of Hangvető, declared: “It’s a great pleasure to welcome WOMEX back to Budapest, made even sweeter by receiving the role of the host from our Finnish sisters and brothers. You will find again the ingredients of the 2015 edition: good weather, great wines, a city rich with musical heritage, the blue Danube and great music. We also plan to open up new horizons, with a special focus on our neighbors; and bring closer the fascinating music of the Balkans.”

Panoramic view of Budapest – Photo by Fanni Szegezdi

WOMEX Director Alex Walter stated: “The WOMEX team is happy to go back to Central Eastern Europe after our successful edition there in 2015, and once again to team up with Hangveto, now a regular partner for other cultural projects in recent years. The city will provide the convenient setting of venues, accessibility, and plenty of accommodation and delicious food options already known to WOMEX delegates!”

More information at WOMEX

headine photo; Budapest chain bridge – Photo by Federico Chiesa, courtesy of


WOMEX 2006 Announces showcase Jury

Berlin, Germany – The WOMEX Jury, known as the 7 Samurai, has
been revelead this week. They represent a
mixture of people and regions and musical tastes. The Jury will be
deciding all the showcase artists, the conferences and speakers – and
selecting who will be the winner of the prestigious WOMEX Award.

To be fair and allow for maximum diversity from year to year, the jury
have full independence from WOMEX. The decisions they make are
entirely their own.The 7 Samurai are:

Bogdan Benigar (Slovenia)
Hanna Gorjaczkowska (Poland/Belgium)
Jordi Urpi (Spain)
Juan Villafruela (Spain)
Martin Morales (Peru/UK)
Ros Rigby (UK)
Sigbjørn Nedland (Norway)

Full biographies and photos can be found on the WOMEX website:

[Photo: Hanna Gorjaczkowska,
Crammed Discs].


WOMEX Organizers Talk About the Return to Enchanting Sevilla, Spain

Berlin, Germany – This year WOMEX moves back to FIBES in

, Spain. “There just aren’t many venues big enough to host us, so
we’ve decided to stop vagabonding around Europe the way we used to, trying out
first this venue, then that one… It’s far better to improve upon the ones that
have worked best than to start fresh in each new location
,” said a WOMEX
spokesman.” When it came to Womex 06, we thought back fondly to our biggest
event so far and opted to return to our 2003 home,

, Andalusia, Spain. But with a few key enhancements.
This year, all events – the trade fair, the conference and the showcases
–will be held under a single expansive roof. All events will take place in the
tried and trusted FIBES, where added to the conference rooms and vast trade fair
hall we already know, we’ll be taking over the concert halls as well. Three
stages will offer ideal settings for the varied artists invited to showcase.
And, with everything housed in one place, there will be no dashing from one side
of town to the other with a mad rush to catch dinner in between. Even

itself is conspiring to make our lives easier.

This year there will be fewer queues for taxis and fewer interminable bus
rides now that the city has opened a new train station that takes us right to
FIBES’ front door. We’re so excited by the return to the bewitching capital of
Andalusia that we’ve reserved FIBES not for one, but for two WOMEX editions – in
2006 and 2007. We even have an option for 2008


Music Matters – Asia Pacific Music Forum 2006

Hong Kong is set to play host to the biggest names in the
entertainment business as they gather at the inaugural Music Matters Conference
to plot the roadmap for the music industry’s future.

Supported and managed by EMI, SONY BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music and
Warner Music, together with the industry governing body the International
Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI), Music Matters – the
first-ever Asia Pacific Music Forum (APMF) –will take place at the luxury Four
Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong on May 10-11, 2006.Music Matters is an annual two-day symposium featuring keynote speeches
from leading entertainment industry figureheads. The inaugural guest-speaker
line-up includes John Kennedy, IFPI Worldwide Chairman and CEO, as well as the
Asia regional heads of the world’s major record labels: Paul Robinson (President
and COO, EMI Music South East Asia), Kelvin Wadsworth (Senior VP, SONY BMG Music
Entertainment), Harry Hui, (President, Universal Music South East Asia), and
Lachie Rutherford (President, Warner Music Asia Pacific). They will be joined by
a host of senior representatives from the leading corporations in the mobile,
advertising, media, online and gaming industries.

The main topics to be covered at Music Matters include:
• new and emerging technologies
• the digital future
• A&R and the new role of media in breaking new talent
• music to mobile
• balancing Asian and international acts
• the business relationship between music, brands and advertising.

The forums will range from keynote speeches to one-on-one interviews, panel
sessions and multi-media presentations. Delegates will have the opportunity to
participate in interactive workshops, join speed-meetings and network at
dedicated breakfasts, lunch sessions and parties. And Music Matters will
host exclusive artist showcases, presenting exciting new talent from across the

Paul Robinson, President and COO of EMI Music South East Asia, said: “There
has never been a better time than now to come together to debate, discuss and do

Kelvin Wadsworth, Senior Vice President, SONY BMG Music Entertainment Asia said:
Music Matters serves to ensure that creativity can continue to
flourish as a result of new business models

Harry Hui, President of Universal Music South East Asia, said: “Asia’s music
market is undergoing enormous changes which offer both threats and
opportunities. I believe that Music Matters is an excellent chance for industry
leaders to come together to collectively harness the potential from discussing
all the essential and critical issues

Lachie Rutherford, Chairman of IFPI Asia Pacific and President of Warner Music
Asia Pacific, said: “If there is one ‘must-do’ event this year, then it’s
Music Matters because it gives anyone associated with music the opportunity to
help shape the future of the business

John Kennedy, IFPI Chairman and CEO, said from London: “Asia has in many ways
become the ‘coal face’ of the digital environment, and many of the amazing
advances in the digital and mobile business are being fuelled by the Asian
region. Music Matters is a tremendous opportunity to share some of our
successes and debate the future of the industry in the Asian region

Event Website:
Delegate & Registration Information:


WOMEX 2005, Largest World Music Conference a Winner

Newcastle, UK – With the ceremonial granting of the WOMEX Award
2005 to Zanzibar’s legendary
, the world’s biggest expo for World Music and global sounds came to
an end at The Sage Gateshead in Newcastle (UK) on Sunday, October 30. The
singer, well in her nineties yet still sporting a bonecrushing handshake,
received the honors in recognition of her more than 80 years of singing and
serving as a cultural mediator and advisor of the younger generations, including
on matters of sex and marriage, which make her a proper symbol of World Music’s
liberating and strengthening powers in general.This year’s edition of the leading international networking trade show of global
music at the Norman Foster designed music center The Sage Gateshead in Newcastle
Gateshead featured more than 2100 international professionals 500 musicians and
a sold out Showcase festival for regional music lovers and delegates alike. The
air of excitement sparked by the Festive Opening featuring legendary singer

Robert Plant
of Led Zeppelin fame continued with singers

Natacha Atlas

Mariem Hassan
and many more.

During daytime, the WOMEX professionals among them more than 400 journalists
met with exhibitors on more than
Trade Fair stands (booths). The decision makers of labels, concert promoters,
agents, cultural institutions, the media
nd other sectors gathered from countries to spread the sound tracks of
antiglobalization. Showcased during the five days of the fair were 55 concerts
presenting artists from 36 countries on 4 stages 35 speakers in 27 Conference
sessions and 12 films in the fourth WOMEX Film Market/IMZ Film Screenings.

WOMEX’s media partner Mondomix put together WOMEX TV and provided for the
first time instant coverage of many things happening during WOMEX on the plasma
screens in The Sage Gateshead. The Mondomix day-by-day webcast of what was going
on during the edition 2005 the virtual Concerthall is available at

This year’s official WOMEX photographer, Koh Okabe (Tokyo, Japan), has a
digital exhibition available at his own homepage

The next WOMEX, in 2006, will be held in

(Sevilla in Spanish), Spain. For more information about the world
music scene in Seville, click


More WOMEX stories published at World Music Central:

Robert Plant and Nuru Kane Closing WOMEX Conference

Marcelo D2 at Womex 2005

Showcase of Les Boukakes at WOMEX 2005

Guitar Master Debashish Bhattacharya’s Will Showcase at WOMEX

New World Music Digital Downloading Site to Be Presented at WOMEX

WOMEX Award for Bi Kidude

WOMEX Will Be Held in Sevilla, Spain, 2006 and 2007

More WOMEX Showcases Announced

WOMEX 2005 Announces Final List of Showcases

WOMEX 2005 Announces Additional Showcases

Film Screenings at WOMEX 2005

First WOMEX 2005 Showcases Confirmed

The Film Market’s new feature at WOMEX 2005: Pitching Session

WOMEX 2005 Conferences Announced

Robert Plant Will Headline the WOMEX 2005 Inauguration

The WOMEX deadline for all Showcase, Conference, Award and Film Market Proposals
is Friday, May 27

WOMEX 2005 Jury Announced


World Music Trade Show WOMEX at Zeche Zollverein successfully completed

Essen, Germany – With the ceremonial granting of the WOMEX Award
2004 to Marc Hollander and Crammed Discs for 25 years of visionary grass roots
work on the blooming plant of world music, the world’s biggest expo for world
music and global sounds has come to an end at Zeche Zollverein / Essen, on
Sunday, October 31st, 2004.”Home game with many guests“ was the felicitous headline of the newspaper Neue
Ruhr Zeitung NRZ regarding the producer WOMEX (Berlin) and its international
visitors: Since Wednesday, 2000 international professionals, 450 musicians and
approximately 3000 regional music lovers had united for the leading
international networking salon of global music on the grounds of UNESCO World
Heritage Site Zeche Zollverein. Professionals as well as visitors were very
pleased with both the fair and concert venues alike. The opening gala with
Via Kabul. Music and Voices of Central Asia
at Lichtburg Filmpalast in
downtown Essen, had just set the pace – WOMEX kept it through the entire event.

During daytime, the WOMEX professionals – among them more than 250 journalists –
met with 300 exhibitors on 200 trade fair stands. The decision makers of labels,
concert promoters, agents, cultural institutions, the media and other sectors
gathered from over 90 countries to spread the sound tracks of
anti/globalization. During the five days of the fair, they visited 52 concerts
on 6 stages, discussed 25 conference topics with 35 speakers, used the third IMZ
World Music Film Screenings to preview 11 videos and initiated their business
for the coming season on the way.

Apart from the registered professionals, hundreds of music friends from the
region took advantage of the public concerts on the three main trade fair days
from Thursday to Sunday – 42 showcase acts, the top tips and coming shooting
stars of the world music scene, 14 per night at the daily price of 14 Euros
(advance) / 16 Euros (doors). Stylistically, the WOMEX 2004 showcases reached
from Andean folklore in chamber music arrangements (Familia Pillco) to the
tribal singings of the Brazilian Northeast (Renata Rosa) and Brazil/funk
crossover projects like Think of One presents Chuva Em Pó (Belgium/Brazil) or
BNegão & Os Seletores de Frequência (Brazil) to the eccentric jazz vocal
acrobatics of Erika Stucky from Switzerland.

Following the renewed invitation of Projekt Ruhr and the Office of Cultural
Affairs of the city of Essen, WOMEX again broadened its capacities. In
comparison to WOMEX 2002 in Essen, the number of registered exhibitors and
delegates again increased by 10 %, including the income for the region: The
amount spent by producer WOMEX and the international professionals sums up to at
least 1.2 million Euros, tending upwards according to the growth rates.

WOMEX 2005 will take place from 26 – 30 October in the new spectacular music
centre The Sage Gateshead / Newcastle Gateshead, UK, built by star architect
Norman Foster.

Negotiations for a perpetual WOMEX comeback to Essen in the years to come have

WOMEX 2004 was a production of WOMEX – the world music expo in cooperation with
Projekt Ruhr GmbH, Stadt Essen, Kulturbüro Essen, Entwicklungsgesellschaft
Zollverein (EGZ), Stiftung Zollverein, Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft NRW (LEG),
Essen Marketing GmbH (EMG) and WDR Funkhaus Europa.


Market for African Performing Arts

Abidjan, Ivory Coast – From March 3 through March 10 Abidjan (Ivory Coast) will host the 5th Edition of MASA, the Market for African Performing. The trade show will feature numerous showcases of African artists, including music, dance and theater. Most artists and delegates come from French-speaking West Africa, France and Belgium but there will also be artists from South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana.