WOMEX NEWSletter #13, 20 June 2013
WOMEX 13 Artist Award Announced
Present Yourself in the WOMEX 13 Guide
Star Alliance Offering Discounts on Flights to WOMEX
Tips for UK Coach/Rail Journeys and Booking Accommodation
WOMEX Roadshow: Gibraltar World Music Festival, c/o pop
Book Release: Cerys Matthews - Hook, Line and Singer
Africa Oyé (Ad)
Important note about UK visas: All the necessary information regarding visas for WOMEX 13 (including details for delegates, Conference speakers and Showcase performers) are now up on our website. Please visit this link for the details: www.womex.com/visa
The smooth grooves of our just-announced WOMEX 13 Artist Award winner are providing the perfect summer soundtrack at WOMEX HQ as we start putting together the WOMEX 13 Guide, the valued manual which, according to our recent survey results, is used year-round by music professionals. Read on to find out how you can feature in this year's Guide.
Don't forget, the Smart rate registration deadline is this Friday, 21 June. Register here: www.womex.com/register
We are delighted to announce the winner of the WOMEX 13 Artist Award, Los Van Van from Cuba! Formed in 1969 by bassist and composer Juan Formell, Los Van Van has remained Cuba's most important and popular dance orchestra for over four decades.
Formell's visionary approach to instrumentation brought new sounds and concepts into Cuban dance music, blending charanga-style violins and flute with a trombone section, adding drums and introducing electric guitar, bass and keyboards. Fusing influences from contemporary rock and jazz with Afro-Cuban roots, Formell and timbales-player Changuito created a new rhythm they named 'songo', which gave birth to a whole genre. Read on: www.womex.com/award
No doubt this genre-busting outfit will add their own kind of pep to the WOMEX Award ceremony during their performance on Sunday, 27 October 2013. ?We can't wait!
Get direct access to the world music industry. Placing an ad in the WOMEX 13 Guide connects you to an engaged, targeted audience of music professionals for whom the Guide is the "go-to" business resource, packed with 300+ pages of relevant contacts, detailed artist and speaker information and much more.
Book online now: www.womex.com/ad
We also have a select number of premium positions available in the WOMEX 13 Guide as well as in the Pocket Guide (the handy lightweight version). Please contact email@example.com for full details.
Looking for maximum visibility? Get in touch with the team 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/promo
Our partners over at Star Alliance have put together a very attractive deal for anyone travelling by air to WOMEX 13, offering a discount of up to 20% on airfares to WOMEX attendees who fly with one of Star Alliance's member airlines (which includes Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Swiss Air and Air New Zealand among numerous others).
And there's no need to travel solo either, with Star Alliance also offering the same discount to one accompanying person per WOMEX attendee. Check here for all the details on how to book as well as a list of participating airlines: www.womex.com/staralliance
For those arriving at major UK airports outside Wales, there is a range of travel options available via coach or rail, with regular, swift connections to the Welsh capital departing from London (which is just two hours away), Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. Our partners at Visit Cardiff have lined up some special bargains and rates for travel to WOMEX 13, head to their website for all the details: www.visitcardiff.com/womex/
Be sure to book your accommodation for WOMEX 13 soon to ensure you snare the best deal. Our partners in Cardiff have specifically reserved a contingent of hotel rooms for WOMEXicans and budget- conscious travellers can take advantage of the numerous hostels located throughout the city.
Details for booking accommodation can be found here: www.visitcardiff.com/womex/
Continuing on its musical journey, the WOMEX team this month found itself on the cusp of two continents for the Gibraltar World Music Festival (which just finished up its 2013 edition this week), indulging in world music delights from Turkey, Israel and Iran. The team is currently heading to Cologne, Germany, to check out the superb conferences, networking opportunities and speaker events at C'n'B Convention from Thursday, 20 June until Friday, 21 June.
Find out more here: www.womex.com/lnk/roadshow
Want to meet the team on the road? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
Artistic Director of WOMEX 13's Opening Concert, Cerys Matthews, has added another feather to her already-impressive cap, with the release of her latest book, "Hook, Line and Singer" earlier this month.
Comprised of a collection of traditional and contemporary songs gleaned from around the world, the book features lyrics to each and is designed to unite young and old via the time-honoured custom of singalongs.
Matthews' penchant for absorbing musical traditions, folktales and songs when travelling is the common thread that weaves the collection together with each song given a detailed overview and reason for its inclusion.
For more information, visit Penguin Books' website: www.penguin.co.uk
Africa Oyé returns to Liverpool's Sefton Park this weekend for its 21st anniversary festival. Paul Duhaney, Festival Director, is especially excited about bringing an artist over from Cape Verde for the first time.
"When we were recently invited to Praia for the Atlantic Music Expo we were delighted to witness a performance by a young band called JAY. Their performance in Liverpool this weekend has been made possible largely due to the support of Cape Verde Minister of Culture and The Cape Verde Music Export Office."
For more info, including full line-up for the weekend, please visit www.africaoye.com
Kind regards from your WOMEX team
+++ WOMEX 13 Cardiff, Wales, UK | 23 - 27 October 2013