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The applications for Club, Conference and Showcases are now closed! Thanks to all who submitted applications.

The Call for Film Proposals remains open until midnight CET - Friday, 30 March.

Apply now to have your feature, middle-length or short shown at WOMEX 18

WOMEX Film presents new releases – documentaries that portray music, movements and history from across the world and offers a platform to present your work and connect to the World Music Community.



WOMEX Community News


WOMEX Night at SXSW - WOMEX Community News Heading to SXSW? We've just announced the line up for this year's WOMEX Night at Flamingo Cantina on Thursday, 15 March.
Presenting seven diverse acts from around the globe, see the line up below.

Pierre Kwenders (DR Congo/Canada)
Yemen Blues feat. Omer Avital (Israel/USA)
Alsarah & the Nubatones (Sudan/USA)
La Cuneta Son Machin (Nicaragua)
Mokoomba (Zimbabwe)
Bohemian Betyars (Hungary)
DJ Jigüe and El Menor (Cuba) More...


Jury Revealed - Meet the 7 Samurai

Jury Revealed - Meet the 7 Samurai - WOMEX 18 As the first Showcase, Conference and Film proposals have started to make their way to WOMEX HQ, we are delighted to introduce this year's WOMEX Jury.
Made up of seven music professionals and active members of the global music community, the independent jury will shape the Showcase and Conference programme of WOMEX 18.

Meet the WOMEX Jury, otherwise known as the 7 Samurai. More...

WOMEX Community News

We Are Hiring!

We Are Hiring! - WOMEX Community News Want to join the Piranha Arts / WOMEX team? We have an exciting opportunity within our communications team.

Piranha Arts is looking for a full –time native English senior communications officer.
Based in our Berlin office, the communications officer will be involved in the management of campaigns and the creation of content for the music meeting WOMEX - the World Music Expo as well as for Classical:NEXT and other Piranha Arts projects.

Application deadline is 26 February.More...


WOMEX 18 Call For Proposals Now Open!

WOMEX 18 Call For Proposals Now Open! - WOMEX 18 Calling All Artists, DJs/Producers, Filmmakers, Industry Experts and Visionaries...

Deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, 16 March 2018

Do you want the opportunity to perform in front of one of the largest audiences of global music professionals? Or screen your short film or documentary that portrays music, movements and history? Would you like a forum to present your vision, discuss your viewpoint, map out an idea or lay the foundation for moving the industry forward?

Made by the worldwide music community, the WOMEX programme is unparalleled in the worldwide showcase festival scene; spanning across all continents, from innovation to tradition, acoustic to electronic, inclusive of all sectors and expertise.... More...


R.I.P. Hugh Maskela

R.I.P. Hugh Maskela - WOMEX 11 AWARD WINNER The legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78.

We are saddened about this loss and remember Hugh Masekela as not only a wonderful musician but also a heartwarming human being, thinking back at how he played to the WOMEX community in Copenhagen two times on a Sunday in 2011 - on the WOMEX award stage and later that same day againn in 'Global' club, just for the fun of it! We got to know Hugh Masekela as a commited musician and musical activist. More...

WOMEX Community

News From The Road.

News From The Road. - WOMEX Community This week has seen the WOMEX team in various cities across the Northern Hemisphere.

Our Piranha Arts CEO Frank Klaffs, is in Spain, participating in the panel discussion 'The Music Scene of 2020',talking trends in the future of music- for the Spring Career Seminar,a three-day boot camp focused on professional development at the Berklee College of Music - Valencia Campus.

Director of Consultancy & Special Projects, Christine Semba,visits Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, the Netherlands.

While WOMEX Director, Alexander Walter, headed to New York City for globalFEST and the first annual globalFEST awards.
Congratulations to the winners for their significant and longstanding contributions to the performing arts landscape in the USA. Piranha Records artist Thomas... More...

WOMEX On the Road

Thank You for 2017 ! Here's to 2018!

Thank You for 2017 ! Here's to 2018! - WOMEX On the Road As we begin a new year we wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU all for another fantastic twelve months and wish you all the best for 2018!

We look forward to seeing you in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in October. Or, catch us at just some of the events we'll be attending around the world in January, with many more to be announced soon and throughout the year – watch this space!


> APAP in New York City, NY, USA, 12 - 16 January
> globalFEST in New York City, NY, USA, 14 January
> Spring Career Seminar at Berklee College of Music - Valencia
Campus in Valencia, Spain, 16 - 18 January
> Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, the Netherlands , 17 -
19 January... More...

Worldwide Community News

Babel Med Music Cancelled

Babel Med Music Cancelled - Worldwide Community News We stand in solidarity with our colleagues and friends of Babel Med Music,and are shocked by the announcement of the cancellation of the 2018 edition due to radical cuts of the support to the region. A political decision which ignores the importance of the musical diversity and the social and economical impacts on the local and global level of such an event.

Read the full statement from Babel Med Music.

A petition to support cultural diversity and Babel Med Music is online HERE. Please sign! More...


Mark Your Calendars for WOMEX 18!

Mark Your Calendars for WOMEX 18! - WOMEX 18 Although we are still unwinding, sharing memories and reflecting on WOMEX 17 in Poland, the show must go on.
And, as you know,in 2018 we head to our most southerly location yet- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 24-28 October 2018.

The call for proposals start in January and will run through until 16 March 2018 and online registration and stand bookings open in April 2018.

So mark your calendars, sign up to the WOMEX newsletter and stay tuned for more information. More...


The 23rd Edition Of WOMEX Closes in Katowice, Poland

The 23rd Edition Of WOMEX Closes in Katowice, Poland - WOMEX 17 That's a wrap! The 23rd edition of WOMEX in Katowice, Poland has come to a close and what an edition it was!!
Celebrating with friends both old and new, 60 acts performed across 7 stages to 2600 music professionals from 90 countries. WOMEX also saw its biggest Trade Fair to date.

Closing WOMEX today, Malian singer Oumou Sangare took to the grand stage of the NOSPR Concert Hall, after receiving this year’s WOMEX Artist Award. Alongside Petr Dorůžka (Czech Republic) who was presented with the WOMEX 17 Professional Excellence Award and Glitterbeat Records who were named winners of the WOMEX Label Award.

As we continue to cross borders and share in this special community of music lovers - thank you to all those who attended and we'll see you in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in... More...


See The Highlights So Far

See The Highlights So Far - WOMEX 17 Another day full of meetings, music, film and insight discussions here in Katowice for WOMEX 17 - with plenty more stil to come.

Tonight we kick off the DJ Summit, taking place at the Królestwo Club with cutting-edge electronic music from Senegal and Cuba from 01:00 until early. Don't forget your dancing shoes.

Want to keep across what is happening here at WOMEX 17?
Keep an eye on our WOMEX 17 Flickr album and YouTube channel. More...


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