WOMEX NEWSletter #17, 22 August 2012
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WOMEX is satisfying your curiosity today, not only with the announcement of the WOMEX 12 Professional Excellence Award winner but also by revealing the two remaining offWOMEX nights. All this and more to come at WOMEX 12, taking place from Wednesday, 17 to Sunday, 21 October in Thessaloniki - which has just been named by the National Geographic Society as the top destination for 2013! blog.visitgreece.gr
WOMEX is proud to announce the winner of the WOMEX 12 Professional Excellence Award: Alexander "Sasha" Cheparukhin from Russia.
He will receive his Award on Sunday morning, 21 October 2012, at the WOMEX Award Ceremony accompanied by a WOMEX Networking Breakfast, both open to WOMEX delegates only. The laudation will be offered by Lemez Lovas (UK), Producer, Lyricist, Artist.
From here we will let Lemez Lovas take over...
"The WOMEX Award for Professional Excellence is not just a small way to give praise to someone who deserves recognition at the highest level for a lifelong contribution to our community. It is also an opportunity for us at WOMEX to think about the values that we try to uphold. In honour of this turbulent past twelve months - in which not one of our countries has been untouched by social and political tensions - the Award this year goes to someone who underlines those values that we at WOMEX seek to uphold, a deep awareness and respect for our environment, a constant desire to expand boundaries, and an unfailing dedication to freedom of expression on every level."
"Artistic director, activist, musician and tour producer Alexander "Sasha" Cheparukhin was born in Sevastopol, USSR (now Ukraine) in 1958. He has had three distinct careers: as an environmental activist, as a journalist and as a music professional. His activities have ranged from leading the Association for the Support of Ecological Initiatives; leading demonstrations at Soviet nuclear power plants; interviewing Boris Yeltsin and reporting from inside the White House in the 1993 siege; managing Huun Huur Tu and leading them on tours worldwide; commissioning international collaborations for leading Russian artists like the Pokrovsky Ensemble; helping the city of Perm to transform its international reputation in an unprecedented dedication to cultural activity; and staging concerts supporting freedom of expression in some of Russia's most rigid political environments."
WOMEX can now reveal the two remaining nights which will be joining Minas Gerais to complete the offWOMEX programme:
// On Thursday, 18 October, the well-known Nordic Club returns, bringing greetings from the North:
- Fatma Zidan (Egypt/Denmark)
- Niko Valkeapńń (Norway)
- Tsuumi Sound System (Finland)
And there will be one more Nordic performing as a WOMEX Daycase: Groupa (Sweden). The Nordic Club is presented by Music Export Norway, World Music Denmark, Music Finland, and Sweden@WOMEX; it is funded by the Nordic Culture Fund.
// On Friday, 19 October, it's the Puglia Sounds Night:
- Antonio Castrignan˛ (Italy)
- Mama Marjas (Italy)
- Mascarimirý (Italy)
The night is presented by Puglia Sounds, in partnership with istituto italiano di cultura.
View the full offWOMEX programme:
If you cannot make it to WOMEX 12 in Thessaloniki, here is a chance for your company to be featured in the WOMEX Guide nonetheless: register for virtualWOMEX by Friday, 24th August!
Did you register for virtualWOMEX only over the last few months and have a valid account by that date? Then you will be included, together with all WOMEX 12 attendees.
Find the registration form as well as the terms and conditions here:
Stop in Amsterdam on your way to Greece for the 3rd International Jewish Music Competition, October 11-13, 2012! 24 ensembles from 14 countries will play the gamut of Jewish music: Sephardic, klezmer, classical, folk and jazz. The expert jury includes Hankus Netsky, Shura Lipovksy, Gerard Edery and Dubi Lenz. The organization sponsors lodging and admission for qualified programmers and festival directors, attending in large numbers. The Competition has quickly become the leading showcase for new trends and emerging ensembles in all forms of Jewish music. You'll find the ensemble list and more information at www.ijmf.org or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WOMEX team are on the move again, travelling to meet our delegates around the globe. From 5-7 September our Founding Director, Ben Mandelson, will be at the Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa.
If you would like to arrange a meeting with Ben, please write to email@example.com.
Kind regards from your WOMEX team.
WOMEX 12 Thessaloniki, Greece | 17 - 21 October 2012
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