WOMEX NEWSletter #8, 4 June 2012
Another milestone in the preparations for this year's WOMEX 12 in Thessaloniki has been reached: applications for the first 'Club Globalkan' stage at WOMEX closed last week... and what an overwhelming response!
Marking the first ever WOMEX edition in Southeastern Europe, the 'Club Globalkan' stage will be dedicated exclusively to Balkan music. When the call for proposals finally closed its doors on Friday, 18 May 2012, the number of proposals had reached almost 300. A huge thank you to all the artists who applied.
The 'Club Globalkan' stage is an initiative by WOMEX's local partners in Greece. It is supported by the Municipality of Thessaloniki and organised by Gaia Live. In recent weeks the team has been active in the Balkan area, informing local artists and media about the new initiative and encouraging them to apply. Press conferences were held in Istanbul, Bucharest and Belgrade.
The final selection for 'Club Globalkan' will be made by a jury and successful applicants will be notified in due course.
Take advantage of the Smart Rate and register for WOMEX 12 - taking place from Wednesday, 17 to Sunday, 21 October in Thessaloniki, Greece - before Friday, 15 June to save money:
Please check out all important pre-WOMEX deadlines on our Deadlines & Times page online:
The WOMEX Trade Fair will open the doors for all delegates on Wednesday, 17 Oct at 14:00. The event ends with a Networking Breakfast and the festive WOMEX Award Ceremony on Sunday, 17 Oct from 10:00 - 14:00.
Audiences at the world renowned Hay Festival in Wales this week will receive a special taster of what to expect at WOMEX 13, which is taking place in Cardiff at the end of October next year.
On 6 June at 16:00, Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales and WOMEX 13 will present a performance by the ground-breaking 9Bach (offWOMEX Showcase act 2010) in The Sound Castle. The concert will preview new songs from 9Bach's forthcoming second album.
In addition, a panel session at The Moot, on the main literary site at Hay on Wye at 11:30 on the day of the concert, will explore themes of cultural sustainability in world music and the experiences of 9Bach in Australia. We are delighted that WOMEX's very own Founding Director, Ben Mandelson, will be joining the panel.
Martin Hoyland of 9 Bach states:
'We played WOMEX 2010 when it was in Copenhagen and it's been an incredible eighteen months since touring and collaborating in Australia on Mamiaith. We'll be sharing some of those experiences with the Hay audience and are looking forward to being part of WOMEX in Wales next year.'
Tickets for the event are free and can be reserved at:
WOMEX is very proud that its little sister Classical:NEXT - a new, international professionals forum for classical and art music - took her first steps last week. The inaugural edition of the event ended on Saturday after four bustling days featuring an expo, a conference, a showcase festival and film screenings. The event was considered a major success throughout the classical music community. It attracted more than 700 delegates from 39 countries around the world, thereby exceeding all expectations.
Jennifer Dautermann, Director of Classical:NEXT confirms: "Having spent four days with hundreds of delegates all networking and discussing in a relaxed yet concentrated atmosphere, I feel Classical:NEXT 2012 is a very promising beginning. We've kicked off a successful coming together for the international classical community and our collective move towards the future."
Find out more at www.classicalnext.com
Germany's biggest indoor Club-Festival & B2B platform as gateway to the German music market. There is no other music industry platform in Europe with such a multifaceted density, in a unique atmosphere only Germany's most famous red light and entertainment district can offer.
The Reeperbahn Festival, with it's three components Music, Campus and Arts, presents more than 200 concerts of international newcomers. In addition to conferences, showcases and networking events, there are various crossover formats for music industry delegates and consumers. With an extensive arts programme including exhibitions, readings and film screenings, there is no other place in Germany where you can meet so many people from the national and international music and live entertainment industry.
All of this in one place - no shuttles needed.
Kind regards from your WOMEX team.
WOMEX 12 Thessaloniki, Greece | 17 - 21 October 2012
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Classical:NEXT, Munich, Germany | 30 May - 2 June 2012