• 24-28 OCT 2018
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

WOMEX - the World Music Expo

WOMEX – the World Music Expo – is the most international music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films and a showcase festival.

Over 2,600 professionals (including 303 performing artists) come together every October from more than 90 countries, making WOMEX not only the number one networking platform for the world music industry, but also the most diverse music meeting worldwide. Its musical spectrum is unparalleled in the international showcase festival scene, ranging from the most traditional to the new global local underground, embracing folk, roots, local and diaspora cultures and urban and electronic sounds from all over the globe as well as all musical juxtapositions of these. Jazz and classical are explicitly welcome!

7 stages, 700+ exhibiting companies, 80 speakers, films, an opening concert and an award ceremony across five packed networking days and rather short nights.

Since 1994 WOMEX has been travelling all across Europe, stopping off in

  • Berlin (1994, 1999, 2000)Brussels (1995)Marseille (1997)
  • Stockholm (1998) Rotterdam (2001)Essen (2002, 2004)
  • Newcastle (2005)Sevilla (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Copenhagen (2009, 2010, 2011)Thessaloniki (2012) Cardiff (2013)
  • Budapest(2015)Santiago de Compostela (2014, 2016)Katowice (2017)

The 24th edition of WOMEX will take place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from Wednesday, 24 to Sunday, 28 October 2018.

In 2019, you will find us in Tampere, Finland.

Previous Editions

We and many delegates aim to strengthen the role of culture around the world and see their work in an even broader context than the refugee debate suggests. The world music community is able to – and needs to – contribute to cross-cultural understanding. We hope, and in fact we are sure, that you are in it with us, by hosting, participating in and promoting the WOMEX community and spreading its values through art.

Press Statement

Intrigued? Want to see what WOMEX is for yourself? Take part in our annual expo! You can book a trade fair stand for your company, promote yourself or send in a proposal for a chance at a programme slot at WOMEX, or simply come as a delegate and take in the many sights, sounds and opportunities on offer. Find information on registration and pricing below!

Register for WOMEX

Attending WOMEX 2017 in Katowice











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The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers.

- UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

In its 2017 Edition, WOMEX Attracted...

2,600 professionals (including 303 performing artists) from 90 countries representing 1,400 companies
950 event promoters
540 labels, publishers and distributors
420 governmental, educational and other institutions
740 individual booking agents, 700 managers and 330 producers
300 national and international journalists
A bustling Trade Fair with more than 700 exhibiting companies from 51 countries at almost 300 stands
More than 60 Showcase acts with 303 musicians from 46 countries on 7 stages
The sixth WOMEX DJ Summit
80 speakers and mentors from 38 countries in 24 Conference Sessions; 17 Network Meetings and 7 expert Mentorings
7 Film Screenings and the new Film Library format
The Opening Concert with a focus on Polish music
Three WOMEX Awards honouring Oumou Sangaré from Mali; Petr Dorůžka from Czech Republic; and label of the year, Glitterbeat Records, based in Germany
The WOMEX Radio Studio, a cooperation of Polskie Radio with EURORADIO of the EBU, RBB, WDR, and NRK, plus EBU Radio Sessions by NRK, BBC, and KEXP Seattle

Media & Press

For photographs, logos, videos and other media from WOMEX, see our press section and media downloads.