WOMEX NEWSletter #18, 01 August 2013

WOMEX 13 Professional Excellence Award Goes To....

Horizons Stage Artists Announced

One More Official Showcase Artist Confirmed

Second Set of Conference Topics and Speakers Unveiled

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Dear WOMEXicans,

The mercury's up and so our are spirits - which can only be partially attributed too all this extra Vitamin D given the swag of good news we've been storing up over the past week, including the announcement of the undeniably worthy recipient of the WOMEX 13 Professional Excellence Award. Read on for all the details.


WOMEX proudly announces the winner of the WOMEX 13 Professional Excellence Award: Festival au Désert!

Manny Ansar (Mali) will receive the Award on behalf of Festival au Désert on Sunday morning, 27 October 2013, at the WOMEX Award Ceremony accompanied by a WOMEX Networking Breakfast, both open only to WOMEX delegates. The laudation will be offered by the freelance writer and journalist Andy Morgan (UK).

Twelve years ago, in the deserts of northern Mali, one of Africa's most remarkable music festivals was born. It drew a veil aside to the Desert has found a permanent home in a sea of silky white dunes west of Timbuktu and turned it into a place where the desert can meet the world in friendship and safety and parade its beauty, its pride, its musical and human wealth. The spell that the festival the outbreak of civil war in January 2012. Then extremism and ethnic hatred banished it from its home.

But the festival will return to pursue its original purpose, which is to show the world that the Sahara and its people value their desert, its natural beauty and great tranquility, its culture and music, more than we can imagine. The festival is the most tangible outward symbol of that deep attachment and of the courage it takes to keep it alive in the face of the cruellest odds.

Find out more here: www.womex.com/lnk/awards

There will also be a chance to meet the winner of the WOMEX 13 Professional Excellence Award in a special Conference Session at WOMEX 13, in which Andy Morgan will interview Manny Ansar as a representative of Festival au Désert.

Full details will be published on the Conference page in due course: www.womex.com/lnk/conference


Local talent from the UK and Ireland will be in the spotlight as part of the line-up on the Horizons Stage at WOMEX.

Convened by an independent jury of the head music organisations of Wales, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, Horizons highlights the best world music artists from the nations.

Horizons members are Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Arts Council Ireland, Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales (a partnership between Wales Arts International and Welsh Music Foundation), Creative Scotland, Scottish Music Industry Association and Culture Ireland and the partnership is supported by British Council.

Below is a list of artists performing the Horizons Stage:

- 9Bach (host nation Wales, UK)
- Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita (host nation Wales, UK/Senegal)
- Family Atlantica (Venezuela/UK) based in England
- Fiona Hunter (UK) based in Scotland
- Georgia Ruth (host nation Wales, UK)
- Kan (UK) based in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
- Lokkhi Terra (Bangladesh/Cuba/UK) based in England
- Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson (UK) based in Scotland
- We Banjo 3 (Ireland)

For full details about the Horizons Stage programme, please visit:


WOMEX is delighted to announce another artist to join the Official Showcase Selection:

- Radik Tülüsh (Russia)

Keep an eye out for the DJ Summit line-up, to be announced soon.

For information about the Official Showcase Selection visit: www.womex.com/lnk/showcases


Here comes the next round of Conference topics and speakers for WOMEX 13 and with it, four more avenues to learn about building an audience, grabbing the attention of the press and tips and tricks for securing timely visas.

As always, a mighty thanks goes to the WOMEX Conference Jury, Eva Kiltz (Germany) and Faisal Kiwewa (Uganda) for leaving no stone unturned when developing the multifaceted Conference programme.

Below is an overview of the latest round of Conferences:

Being selected for a WOMEX Showcase is just the first step. Alan James (UK), of Hold Tight, will head up a panel of experts including musician Sam Lee (UK) of The Nest Collective, David Flower (UK) of SASA Music and Angharad Jenkins (host nation Wales, UK) of Trac: Music Traditions Wales take delegates step by step through the ins and outs of networking like a pro and making the most of a Showcase performance.

Miranda Hinkley (UK) of Nightjar and Joby Waldman (UK) of Somethin' Else will map out a blueprint for successful social media strategies in the creative sphere, drawing inspiration from models set by BBC's flagship contemporary jazz programme, Jazz on 3, and Open Air, a series of artists' interventions for Radio 4.

Veteran publicist, Dmitri Vietze (USA) of Rock Paper Scissors, will offer delegates a crash course in pitching to the press. Throwing artists in at the deep end, he will conduct mock interviews and help them identify one good pitch angle in a matter of minutes. Artists looking to take part can submit an audio track beforehand.

Visa procurement is still one of the main obstacles in the way of artist mobility. Eluned Hâf (host nation Wales, UK) of Wales Arts International will moderate a discussion with Jean-Hervé Michel (France) of Nueva Onda, Frank Tenaille (France) of Zone Franche and Matthew Covey (USA) of Tamizdat and Marie Le Sourd (Belgium) of On the Move looking at ways artists and the industry can efficiently cut through the bureaucratic red tape.

For details on all the Conference topics and speakers confirmed to date, visit: www.womex.com/lnk/conference

For more information about the WOMEX Jury, please visit:

Kind regards from your WOMEX team.

+++ WOMEX 13 Cardiff, Wales, UK | 23 - 27 October 2013


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