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World Music Expo 2019 Opened with Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet Show

Pekko Kappi during the WOMEX 2019 opening ceremony – Photo by Jacob Crawfurd

The World Music Expo, WOMEX, opened its 2019 edition at the Tampere Hall in Finland on October 23, 2019. The opening show, titled  Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet , was produced by Music Finland and directed by internationally-renowned choreographer and dancer Kaari Martin, along with composer, musician and producer Roni Martin. The concert featured four laudable performances from Pauanne, Pekko Käppi, Suistamon Sähkö, and Vildá, all representing this year’s host country, Finland.

Hanna Kosonen, Minister of Science and Culture of Finland, welcoming WOMEX 2019 delegates – Photo by Yannis Psathas

On hosting WOMEX in Tampere this year, Minister of Science and Culture of Finland, Hanna Kosonen, stated: “Finland can be considered as an example of the power of music; to help to construct and articulate national identities in the language of music, but also offer the most peaceful and natural way to fuse cultures together and express multi-culturalism…World music brings audible values such as equality, multi-culturalism, cultural diversity and easy access to culture. These values go extremely well hand in hand with the main goals and values of our Ministry.”

Johanna Loukaskorpi, Deputy Mayor of the City of Tampere at the WOMEX 2019 opening ceremony – Photo by Eric Van Nieuwland

Deputy Mayor of the City of Tampere, Johanna Loukaskorpi, expressed: “The value of music can be a personal emotion or on the other hand, its value can be the huge economic impact the music industry has. Cities and nations all over the world need you, the music professionals, to keep them going. Equality and diversity are things which have to be essential values in every decision and action we make…this is something to be celebrated.”

Vildá at the WOMEX 2019 opening ceremony – Photo by Eric Van Nieuwland

The evening reception was hosted by Music Finland where a special toast was raised to the all WOMEX delegates who have attended every edition of WOMEX’s 25 years of life.

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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 BudapestInfo.hu

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WOMEX 2019 Announces Official Film Programme Selection

Small Island Big Song, Tim Cole and BaoBao Chen

The World Music Expo, WOMEX announced the Official Film Programme Selection that will run October 24–26, 2019
in Tampere, Finland.

The WOMEX 2019 Film Programme will feature 17 documentaries, reflecting on how film can bring forth relevant ideas to dialogue with the world of music.

The Film Programme at WOMEX is curated to provoke WOMEXicans to look at cinema as an innovative, artistic and insightful extension of how we explore and perceive music in all its complexity and beauty. We hope the delegates will actively engage with this year’s films to discover and re-discover unknown and established artists, new projects and collaborations, and realize alternative programming opportunities,” stated Luca Jacob & Sana Rizvi, Curators, WOMEX 19 Film Programme.

New this year is a public film program in partnership with Tampere’s Arthouse Cinema Niagara, presenting to local audiences new releases, previews and premieres including the world premiere of the biopic Sufi, Saint & Swinger by Chinese/French & Colombian director duo Camilla French & Andres Borda and the European premieres of I Snuck Off the Slave Ship and Amazonia Groove.

Full 2019 program (in alphabetical order) along with attending guests.

A Bright Light- Karen & the Process by Emmanuelle Antille (Switzerland, 2018)
All on a Mardi Gras Day by Michal Pietrzyk (USA, 2019)
Amazonia Groove by Bruno Murtinho (Brazil, 2018)
Director Bruno Murtinho and producer Leonardo Edde attending
Anorac by Gruffydd Davies (UK, 2018)
Clementina by Ana Rieper (Brazil, 2019)
For the Love of Music in Georgia – The Paliashvili Music School in Tbilisi by Marita Stocker (Germany/Georgia, 2018)
Indus Blues by Jawad Sharif (Pakistan, 2018)
I Snuck Off the Slave Ship by Lionel Holley & Cyrus Moussavi (USA, 2018) **Director/ Record Label co-founder Cyrus Moussavi attending **
Nightingales in Berlin by Ville Tanttu (Finland/Germany, 2019)
Musicians David Rothenberg & Sanna Salmenkallio attending
Que Vola? by Vladimir Cagnolari (France, 2018)
Sarabande by Kaltrina Krasniqi (Kosovo, 2018)
Director Kaltrina Krasniqi attending
Sufi, Saint & Swinger by Camilla French & Andres Borda (Colombia/UK, 2018) ** Director Andres Borda, producer Abbas Nokhasteh and musician Dr Lloyd Miller attending**
Shella Record: A Reggae Mystery by Chris Flanagan (Canada, 2019)
Small Island Big Song Visual Album by Tim Cole (Australia/Taiwan, 2019)
** Director Tim Cole & producer BaoBao Chen attending **
Wahenga (The Ancestors) by Amil Shivji & Rebecca Corey (Tanzania, 2018)

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