WOMEX NEWSletter #10, 28 June 2012
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Preparations for the largest industry gathering of world music professionals are running incredibly smoothly and we are delighted to announce the first Showcase Festival acts performing at WOMEX 12, taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece, from Wednesday, 17 to Sunday, 21 October 2012. More announcements will be made over the coming weeks.
The WOMEX Jury's task is always a tough one and this year has been no exception. The 5 Showcase Samurai spent hundreds of hours listening to the 850 Showcase proposals received (a record-breaker!) and discussing which ones to select for WOMEX 12.
Jury member Allie Silver (USA/Argentina) summarised the experience:
"I felt like I was at the world music Olympics debating Albanian polyphonic choirs at 4am trying to make the selection fit together while factoring in balance, musicianship and even risk."
A huge thank you to all the Samurai for their enthusiasm and dedication to the task at hand.
Below is a list of the first confirmed acts:
- Axel Krygier (Argentina/France)
- Canalón de Timbiquí (Colombia)
- Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy)
- DakhaBrakha (Ukraine)
- Eva Ayllón (Peru)
- Félix Lajkó (Serbia)
- Geomungo Factory (South Korea)
- Janusz Prusinowski Trio (Poland)
- Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything (Canada)
- Jungle by Night (The Netherlands)
- Le Sahel (Senegal)
- Michalis Tzouganakis (Greece)
- Mohsen Sharifian/The Lian Band (Iran)
- Mokoomba (Zimbabwe)
- Nancy Vieira (Cape Verde/Portugal)
- Raza Khan (India)
- Ricardo Herz Trio (Brazil)
More Showcases to be announced soon. Stay tuned...
View the Showcase programme online:
Find out more about the WOMEX 12 Jury:
Cuban artists are fuelling the heat in Greece ahead of the WOMEX experience this coming October. Tomorrow, Friday, 29 June, Ibrahim Ferrer Jr., the son of the Buena Vista Social Club singer, will be playing at Moni Lazariston - who will also be presenting their venue and activities at the WOMEX Trade Fair - in Thessaloniki as part of the first Cuba Festival, taking place in Athens and Thessaloniki from Thursday, 28 to Saturday, 30 June.
www.facebook.com/CUBAFESTIVAL (in Greek only).
The current WOMEX 12 preparations in Thessaloniki are in full swing. Our local partners - Helexpo, Thessaloniki's congress and exhibition centre; Gaia Live, an established and well-versed concert promoter; the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Municipality of Thessaloniki - are going far above and beyond the call of duty to make the first edition in Southeastern Europe a resounding (and sustainable) success, despite challenging times. The mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris, is considered one of the most fervent advocates of the Greek WOMEX undertaking and doesn't miss a single chance to promote the event both inside and outside the country. The huge number of showcase proposals from Greece and neighbouring countries alone bears witness to their common efforts. Our partners even won their President over: WOMEX shall take place under the auspices of H.E the President of the Hellenic Republic Dr. Karolos Papoulias.
We are looking forward to our next site visit to Thessaloniki in July and wanted to share with you the best spots to fill your stomachs and quench your thirst. If you fancy soaking up the atmosphere in the city's colourful markets, or have the urge to sample some traditional Greek fare, check out our Local Tips section to get in the mood for Greece: www.womex.com/local_tips
For information about getting to Thessaloniki, where to stay, and how to get around, visit our Travel & Accomodation page: www.womex.com/lnk/travel-and-accommodation
When planning your trip, bear in mind that the WOMEX Trade Fair will kick off at Helexpo from 14:00 to 18:00 on Wednesday, 21 October, followed by a special Opening event at Megaro from 20:00 to 00:00. WOMEX 12 will close with a final farewell on Sunday, 21 October, at the Networking Breakfast from 10:00 to 12:00 and WOMEX Awards Ceremony from 12:00 to 14:00, both at Megaro. Save the dates and see you there!
Warning! In the past few days we've heard from several WOMEX delegates that they've been contacted by a company offering special hotel rates during WOMEX and asking for credit card details. Please note that we are not affiliated with them in any way. We recommend that you don't give them your credit card details!
Our Greek partners have put together a list of recommended hotels in Thessaloniki, as well as an online form which you can use to make your booking securely. The hotels are also marked on our handy map, which shows their proximity to the WOMEX venues: www.womex.com/lnk/travel-and-accommodation#accommodation
Placing an advert in the WOMEX 12 Guide is a highly effective way to promote yourself to the international world music industry - this vital resource book is used all year round by world music professionals and is packed with 300+ pages of relevant contacts, detailed artist and speaker information, stimulating essays and much more.
Book online now: www.womex.com/registration/adandinsert12/adandinsert.cgi
There are also a limited number of special positions available in the WOMEX 12 Guide, as well in the Pocket Guide (the handy lightweight version). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for full details.
If you are looking for maximum visibility, contact us about sponsorship opportunities, e.g. logo/brand placement on the WOMEX Lanyard or Wristband.
For more information about promotional opportunities at WOMEX, visit www.womex.com/lnk/advertise
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WOMEX Founding Director, Ben Mandelson, will be travelling to deepest Siberia next month and will be offering his expertise at the 'World of Siberia' Festival (previously known as Sayan Ring Festival) in Shushenskoye, taking place from 12 - 15 July.
Drop us a line at email@example.com if you are planning to visit the festival and would like to arrange a meeting.
Kind regards from your WOMEX team.
WOMEX 12 Thessaloniki, Greece | 17 - 21 October 2012
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