WOMEX 16 - WOMEX 16 Call for Proposals Now Open


WOMEX 16 Call for Proposals Now Open

That's right: if you want to showcase your music, discuss your burning topic, screen your film or spread your knowledge…your time is now!

Everyone active in the global music scene can turn in a proposal! The programme of WOMEX is made by the global music community spanning across all continents, from traditional and folk circles to all other alternative and culturally open-minded scenes. After all submissions have been received, every one will be considered by our international, independent jury, the 7 Samurai.

Proposals can be made in four categories: Showcases, DJ Summit,... More...



Seismographic Sounds Conference By Norient

WOMEX CONFERENCE - Seismographic Sounds Conference By Norient Last week we had the opportunity to visit the 'Club Transmediale' media and art festival, and especially the Seismographic Sounds conference which has been organized by the Norient network.

The speakers featured friends and WOMEX speakers such as Lucia Udvardyová and offered various insights and examples of 'local and global sounds and media culture' from Slovakia, the Middle East, Ghana... as creative and off as it gets.

A whole range of change and protest projects. Some are very serious works in sound art and other musical niches, such as the remarkable video of a Slovakian artist who visualised and vocalised disgusting facebook comments on the tragic deaths of refugees, statements stated by some fellow Slovakian citizens (you can do this with every country though,... More...


WOMEX Organisers To Operate Karneval der Kulturen 2016

PIRANHA ARTS - WOMEX Organisers To Operate Karneval der Kulturen 2016 It is carnival season in many places in the world - be it in Trinidad, Brazil, Italy, Louisiana (Mardi-Gras today!) or Guinea-Bissau (not in China though, where they celebrate New Year instead).

WOMEX organisers Piranha Arts however will have their very special carnaval/carnival/Karneval experience in Berlin in May this year - Piranha is confirmed as the official operator of the "Karneval der Kulturen".

Berlin's 4-day intercultural street fest and street parade with over 1.5 million visitors is finally saved as the House of Representatives of Berlin approved the funding for Karneval der Kulturen 2016. Piranha has always been connected to the Karneval – whether it be Piranha’s... More...


Global Report - Convention on Diversity of Cultural Expression

UNESCO - Global Report - Convention on Diversity of Cultural Expression WOMEX 15 and our global community were recognised by UNESCO under its Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression. In December, they launched their first UNESCO Global Report on the Implementation of the Convention, which monitors the progress of the Four Goals and recapitulates on its impact since the implementation in 2005.

2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the UNESCO convention. The decade of promoting cultural diversity was summed up in the presence of the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the authors of the report and cultural experts and professionals. The launch ceremony included panel discussions dealing with key questions such as what had been the policy impact so far or... More...


Traditional Greenlandic Music 1906-1989

FEATURE - Traditional Greenlandic Music 1906-1989 Ever wondered what Greenland’s culture was like between the 1900s and 1980s? Well, we've got the solution to your unanswered question.

At the WOMEX 15 Film Screening, the documentary Sumé – The Sound of a Revolution already gave us a glimpse of an answer by introducing us to the first Greenlandic rock band, their political songs and their influence on the island’s history in the 70s.

Well that was just the tip of the iceberg (sorry): Karsten Sommer and Michael Hauser went even further. They rescued 800 Greenlandic music recordings from dusty archives, which had been collected since 1906 from all over Greenland, and selected... More...


Selam Festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

WOMEX ROADSHOW - Selam Festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia This weekend, the President of Piranha Arts, Christoph Borkowsky will be speaking the fifth edition of the Selam Festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As well as performances from some of the best musicians from East Africa and the world, the festival also hosts workshops and a cultural forum.

If you will also be attending the event and would like to meet up with Christoph, get in touch with us at media@womex.com to arrange a meeting.

Also, if you come to Addis don’t miss to visit Mulatu Astatke (Official Artist Page) 's African Jazz Village club. If you are lucky you can see the ethio-jazz master on stage himself. Second photo of Mulatu and Piranha Arts president Christoph Borkowsky.

Photo: Former WOMEX showcase Ethiocolor at Selam 2015 by Helene Lundgren More...


Plan Your WOMEX Year

WOMEX ITINERARY - Plan Your WOMEX Year WOMEX will return to Santiago de Compostela in 2016 for our 22nd edition. To enjoy early bird registration prices and in order not to miss the call for proposals deadlines, mark your calendars now!

Call for Proposals will go out February 2016

Registration will open April 2016

Guide Rate deadline will be in August

WOMEX will take place 19-23 October 2016 in Santiago de Compostela

We hope you have a great start to 2016.

Your WOMEX Team



Pick A Session To Be Put Online

WOMEX 15 CONFERENCE - Pick A Session To Be Put Online Wanted to attend a session but couldn't make it?at WOMEX 15? Do you have a favourite one and want to watch it again? Now is your chance, tell us which one you would like to watch or listen to?!

We are making a select number of Conference sessions from WOMEX available to watch online. Help us by telling us which Conference sessions from WOMEX 15 you would like to see. Send your suggestions to: connect@piranha-arts.com. More...

WOMEX World Tour

Apply for Atlantic Music Expo 2016!

WOMEX World Tour - Apply for Atlantic Music Expo 2016! Hey ho music travellers and aficionados,

"Great conference and showcase event to visit, in a beautiful city, on a beautiful island. Would go back right away!"
Frank Bolder (The Netherlands), programme manager of the North Sea Jazz Festival

Until 27 November you can put in programme suggestions for the Atlantic Music Expo 2016. A highly recommended WOMEX World Tour event on the beautiful islands of Cabo Verde!

11-14 April 2016 - Praia, Cabo Verde, Atlantic Ocean More...


Thank you, everybody. Köszönöm!

WOMEX 15 - Thank you, everybody. Köszönöm! The 21st edition of WOMEX has come to a close with a great Award Ceremony, honouring Glitterbeat Records, Ramin Sadighi and Cheikh Lô!

WOMEX drew over 2,500 delegates from 90 countries and we've had five amazing days of Trade Fair, Networking, Conferences, Films and Showcases, and we'd like to thank the people that make everything possible - you, the WOMEXicans, our beloved delegates!

On behalf of the entire WOMEX team we would like to thank you for making a wonderful WOMEX 15 in Budapest, Hungary reality. Our 21st edition was the first edition in Central Eastern Europe and it was very well received both internationally and in the region. We continued building bridges over cultural divides, including many new friends from the regional music scenes. Together with them we... More...


Closing and Awards Ceremony today at Müpa, Palace of Arts

WOMEX 15 - Closing and Awards Ceremony today at Müpa, Palace of Arts We all had a great time this year, with important Conferences, intreguing films, amazing showcases and, of course, invaluable business and networking. So let's see WOMEX out in style!

The WOMEX 15 Closing and Awards Ceremony will be held today, Sunday, 25 October, at Müpa, Palace of Arts. Preceeding the ceremony is the Networking Breakfast from 10am - 12 noon: get some last-minute networking in before the Awards begin at 12.

We'll see you there! More...

WOMEX 15 Showcase Festival

Showcase-Only Tickets Now Sold Out!

WOMEX 15 Showcase Festival - Showcase-Only Tickets Now Sold Out! We're getting ready to start the second night of the WOMEX 15 Showcase Festival and we can't wait to see you there! However, if you are not a registered delegate or have already purchased a Showcase-only ticket from Müpa, please be aware that these tickets are now SOLD OUT.

If you are a delegate and need to bring in a guest, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. More...




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