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WOMEX 2018 Grand Opening Last Night with Tránsitos Atlánticos

The grand opening of the 24th edition of the World Music Expo, WOMEX took place yesterday evening, October 24th, at Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. The event demonstrated the historical and strategic position of the Canary Islands as a hub for the exchange of cultures.

Aurora at WOMEX 2018 opening – Photo by Yannis Psathas

With more than 1,200 guests in attendance, and four outstanding performances by AKA Trio (Senegal, Italy & Brazil), new wave flamenco project Aurora, Brazilian alt-indie songwriter LaBaq and acclaimed mestizo group from the island of Tenerife, Caracoles, the evening ended on high note with all the artists coming together on stage for one final performance.

Tránsitos Atlánticos was curated by Germán López, the timple (small Canary Islands guitar) star of the Canary Islands, who was the artistic director for this year.

Germán López – Photo by Jacob Crawfurd

On bringing WOMEX to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this year, Alex Walter, director of WOMEX expressed: “It truly is a unique destination when looking at the travel history of WOMEX, as we’ve never been so far in the European south and at the same time so close to Africa. The aim of WOMEX always was and is to offer a platform where cultural operators can meet and promote their working fields and present inspiring ideas.”

The Canary Islands – with their particular geographical position on the Atlantic Ocean route from Europe to the New World, and just a few kilometers away from the African continent – have a long story in the exchange of cultures.

Antonio Morales, president of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria (island government), was greeted with applause. He communicated: “In these serious times, where different governments and world organizations are proposing to close borders, reduce rights, treat people like goods, here in Gran Canaria, we must send a clear message of respect for human rights and solidarity with those who suffer war or poverty. We must raise our voices against racist, xenophobic or class-based discrimination that forgets the supreme value of life and equality among all people.”

Also present among the dignitaries were, Mr. Isaac Castellano, Regional Minister of Tourism and Culture of the Canarias Government. He stated: “WOMEX brings together the most influential opinion writers on roots music. WOMEX brings together all aspects of the music industry, from management and bookings to the release of recordings and publishing. But the most important thing is that WOMEX is an international meeting woven from the materials of cultural diversity.”

Mr. Augusto Hidalgo, mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria said: “For a few days, and thanks to WOMEX, we, the people of the Canary Islands, will be happy, feeling among each other that broad embrace of solidarity between very distant and different people united by the universal language that is music. With the celebration of WOMEX, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is renewing its commitment to culture.”

headline photo: WOMEX 2018 – Photo by Yannis Psathas

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Global Music Conference WOMEX Seeking Host Cities for 2021 – 2023

Galician booth at WOMEX 2008 by Angel Romero

WOMEX, the World Music Expo, is seeking host city locations for 2021 – 2023. Although WOMEX caters to the worldwide community, it is always held in Europe for organizational reasons. All cities and partners within the European Community (including Switzerland) are invited to consider and suggest a WOMEX host city. The current call is for 2021, 2022 and 2023.

If interested in knowing more about how to make a host city proposal, get in touch with Alex Walter, WOMEX Director, and Sarah Ungan, Head of Production at www.womex.com/about/team. Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 18, 2019.

Since 1994 WOMEX has been travelling all across Europe from Berlin (1994), via Brussels (1995), Marseille (1997), Stockholm (1998), Berlin (1999 + 2000), Rotterdam (2001), Essen (2002 + 2004), Newcastle (2005), Sevilla (2003 + 2006 – 2008), Copenhagen (2009-2011), Thessaloniki (2012) to Cardiff (2013), Budapest (2015), Santiago de Compostela (2014 + 2016), and Katowice (2017).

The 24th edition of WOMEX will take place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, from Wednesday, October 24 to Sunday, October 29, 2018. The 2019 edition will be held in Tampere, Finland.

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WOMEX 2019 to Be Held in Finland

Music Finland announced this morning that WOMEX, the World Music Expo 2019 will take place in Tampere, Finland. The 25th edition of the world’s leading conference and showcase festival for global music will be held October 23-27, 2019.

Together with Piranha Arts, Womex 2019 will be managed in Finland by Tampere-based music company Rockadillo Production as the main local partner. “It is absolutely great to have WOMEX 2019 finally in Finland, and especially in my hometown. All local partners from the City of Tampere, Visit Tampere and Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture to the staff at Tampere Hall and other venues as well as Music Finland have shown strong motivation and determination to make it happen, so we aim to create a nice and compact, participant-friendly experience in Tampere“, said Rockadillo Production’s Managing Director Tapio Korjus.

Tampere is the 3rd largest city in Finland and a multipurpose music hub: it is the home for numerous high-quality festivals, events and music companies.

More at www.womex.com

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WOMEX 2018 Guide Rate Ends Tomorrow

Galician booth at WOMEX 2008 by Angel Romero

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) Guide Rate deadline is midnight Friday, August 17 (CET). The benefits include a discounted Guide Rate price, a listing in the WOMEX 18 printed Guidebook, and being visible to all the other registered delegates through virtualWOMEX, which is a convenient way to start to schedule your meetings.

WOMEX 2018 takes place at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, October 24-28, 2018.

Register online here: womex-guide-rate-registration

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World Music Showcase offWOMEX 2018 Unveils Lineup

This year’s offWOMEX stage will include a ‘Dutch World Stage’, presented by World Music Forum NL and Dutch Performing Arts plus there will be showcases from Finland, Canada, Spain, and Ireland presented and funded by Music Finland, Mundial Montréal, Folquébec, Musicaction, Canada Council for the Arts, SODEC, Basque Institute and Culture Ireland. World music conference WOMEX will take place October 24 – 28, 2018 in Las Palmas de gran Canaria, Spain.

The offWOMEX showcases provide an additional platform for bands and artists to present themselves and their music to the WOMEX audience attending from around the world. With the offWOMEX stage, WOMEX provides addiitonal performances structured within a regional, national or organizational framework.

The confirmed artists for offWOMEX 18 are:

Son Swagga (The Netherlands)
Lingua Franca Ensemble (The Netherlands)
Tabanka (Cabo Verde/The Netherlands)
Kalakan (France/Spain)
Navá (Iran/Ireland)
Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble (Benin/Tanzania/Finland)
Jeremy Dutcher (Canada)
Elisapie (Canada)
Mélisande [électrotrad] (Canada)

headline photo: Tabanka – Photo by Bas van der Wel

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WOMEX 2018 Unveils the Second Set of World Music Showcases

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) revealed this week the rest of the artists selected to perform in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) in October 2018.

Additional Showcase Artists Announced:

Ariwo (Cuba/Iran/UK)
Bakolo Music International (DR Congo)
Edina Szirtes Mókus Looper Project (Hungary)
Etenesh Wassie Trio (Ethiopia/France)
Evritiki Zygia (Greece)
The Garifuna Collective (Belize)
Gulaza (Israel)
Gulmira Abliz (China)
Invisible World (Czech Republic/Turkey/Serbia)
Kel Assouf (Niger/Tunisia/Belgium)
Liniker e os Caramelows (Brazil)
Lucibela (Cape Verde/Portugal)
Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco (Cuba)
Norayr Kartashyan & Menua (Armenia)
Odpoczno (Poland)
San Salvador (France)
Ta Dhom Project – Viveick Rajagopalan (India)

More at www.womex.com

headline photo: Bakolo Music International (DR Congo)

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WOMEX Announces first Set of 2018 Showcase Artists

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) announced the first batch of artist selected to showcase at the 2018 conference. The jury- designated showcase artists will be performing at WOMEX in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain this October 2018.

 


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Photo by Bengt Nyman

 

The artists include:

Frente Cumbiero (Colombia)
Gaye Su Akyol (Turkey)
Guiss Guiss Bou Bess (Senegal/France)
Kim So Ra (South Korea)
Ladama (Venezuela/Brazil/USA/Colombia)
Marinah (Spain)
Mario Batkovic (Switzerland)
Moonlight Benjamin (Haiti/France)
Nelida Karr (Equatorial Guinea)
Ranky Tanky (USA)
Rob Thorne Toi Puoro (New Zealand)
Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda (Algeria/France)
Sver (Norway/Sweden)
Toko Telo (Madagascar)
The Turbans (Bulgaria/Greece/Israel/Spain/UK)
Vishtèn (Canada)

And Uji (Argentina) as the first of six Club Summit artists, a special late-night program part of the Official Selection, curated by Georg Milz of Outhere Records and the WOMEX team.

 

Auditorio Alfredo Kraus

 

All WOMEX Daycases concerts will take place in the daytime trade fair venue INFECAR and the nighttime showcase performances will be in and around Auditorio Alfredo Kraus concert hall in Las Palmas.

WOMEX 2018
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
October 24 – 28 , 2018
More at www.womex.com

Headline photo: Marinah – Photo by Oriana Elicabe

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WOMEX 2018 Call for Showcase, Conference and Film Proposals

World Music Expo WOMEX is seeking music showcase, conference and film screening proposals for the 2018 edition.

WOMEX 2018 will be held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, October 24 – 28, 2018.

Proposals can be submitted at this dedicated webpage: www.womex-apply.com

Headline photo: Betsayda Machado and Parranda El Clavo at WOMEX 2017 – Photo by Yannis Psathas

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WOMEX 2017 Came to a Close in Katowice Today

Oumou Sangaré receives the WOMEX 2017 Artist Award from Bintou Simporé – Photo by Yannis Psathas

World Music Expo WOMEX 2017 concluded today, Sunday, October 29, with a performance by Malian singer Oumou Sangaré, who received this year’s WOMEX Artist Award. The concert was part of a closing ceremony in Katowice’s grand concert hall NOSPR that also honored WOMEX 2017 Award winners Petr Dorůžka (Professional Excellence Award) and Glitterbeat (WOMEX Label Award).

Attendance this year encompassed 2600 professionals (including 303 performing artists) from 90 countries representing 1400 companies.

WOMEX 2018 will take place October 24 – 28 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.

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WOMEX 2017 Opened with Pieces of Poland

Volosi and Aukso Chamber Orchestra live at WOMEX 2017 – Photo by Erik Van Nieuwland

 

The World Music Expo, WOMEX opened last night, October 25, 2017 in Katowice, Silesia, Poland. The official WOMEX Opening Concert was dedicated this year to the roots and branches of Polish folk music’s past, present and future.

Three of the region’s cutting-edge folk music ensembles collaborated on their own compositions with the Aukso Chamber Orchestra, as they became the first Western art orchestra to grace the WOMEX stage.

The artists that performed were:

Aukso Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marek Mos
Kapela Maliszów
Lautari
Vołosi

The WOMEX 17 Opening was supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

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