WOMEX NEWSletter #12, 06 June 2014

WOMEX 14 Accommodation: Get the Best Deal Before 20 June

Join Our Facebook Chat on Tuesday, 10 June

Sound of the Xity 2014 – Your Gateway to the Chinese Music World

Borneo World Music Expo (Ad)

WARNING: External travel companies, such as "Trade Fair Services", have been contacting WOMEX delegates offering travel packages for WOMEX 14. Please note, we are in no way affiliated with any external travel agency and cannot attest to the validity of any travel package deals they may offer. We are working with our local partners to put together a range of affordable and attractive travel options for WOMEX 14, the details of which you can find below.

Dear WOMEXicans,

With the Smart Rate deadline for WOMEX 14 just over two weeks away, now is the time to start organising your trip to WOMEX in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, taking place from Wednesday, 22 - Sunday, 26 October. Our local partners are working with a dedicated travel agency to put together tailored, affordable accommodation and sightseeing options for delegates.

You can also pose any questions you have about WOMEX 14 and its host city to us direct by joining in our Facebook chat next Tuesday, 10 June. Find out all the details below.


Our onsite partners have teamed up with a travel agency to set up a service that takes the legwork out of trip planning, allowing WOMEX 14 delegates to consult directly with locals in the know and secure the most convenient and affordable transport and accommodation options in Santiago de Compostela.

The service has been created especially for WOMEX 14 and enables delegates to book all aspects of their trip in one spot, including hotels, flights, transfers, car rentals, museum entry and more.

Each hotel room is currently being reserved at its lowest possible price. To take advantage of this deal, you'll need to book directly with the travel agency before the Smart Rate deadline on Friday, 20 June. Get in touch with them direct by emailing bookingwomex@galiciaincoming.com or calling +34981568521

The dedicated website, Santiago Turismo, is also a wealth of information and features a hotel booking tool.

The website also details how to get to and from the Galician capital, how to get around, what to see, where to eat and offers an array of discounts on transport, restaurants and museums.

Visit the website direct here.

For more updates and information about accommodation at WOMEX 14, please check out our Facebook event page.


Got a question about where to stay in Santiago de Compostela? Not sure what the best travel path is to reach the Galician capital? Looking for some insight into local music and culture? Then join us next Tuesday, 10 June from 19:00 – 21:00 CET (13:00 – 15:00 EDT, 17:00 – 19:00 GMT) for a Facebook chat!

The chat will be hosted by members of the WOMEX team, our partners in Santiago de Compostela as well as Dmitri Vietze from rock paper scissors and we will be on hand to answer all of your questions about hotels, maps, food, activities, culture, music, getting to and from WOMEX 14 and much more.

You can take part via rock paper scissors' Facebook event page.


More international professionals, a Chinese music expo, and a bustling festival – these are some of the results of a new cooperation between WOMEX and Sound of the Xity (SOTX) which took place in Beijing, China from 3 – 6 April this year.

For its third edition, China's prime international music industry conference and festival, SOTX, joined forces with our dedicated consulting and special projects team.

With more than 750 delegates from over 20 countries, SOTX is well on the way to becoming the leading gateway between China and the international music world with the 2014 edition establishing the event as an exceptional meeting point for international and Chinese tastemakers. For the first time, a trade fair style expo was held during the daytime. The conference featured panel discussions on topics ranging from tech to live, including interactive formats such as speed meetings.

The public showcase festival was a success not only on site – 6000 enhusiastic visitors saw more than 50 acts – but also has longer term benefits for some performers, with many Chinese bands subsequently booked for international festivals and performances while the international performers have secured gigs around all of China. On the media side, the event was especially well received, with more than 150 cooperating media covering the event and providing content of their own.

To highlight the impact this event is making on the music stage, we'll provide further updates on the outcomes of SOTX 14 over the coming months - watch this space!

For more on the event, please visit the website.


The Borneo World Music Expo, taking place from 16 - 18 June, consists of a trade fair, musical showcases, conferences, mentoring and networking sessions. It brings together the worlds of traditional, ethnic, folk and roots music to Kuching, Sarawak for the 3-day event. This second edition will once again serve as a platform to expose South East Asia ethnic musicians to the international market. The conference sessions are open to professionals of all kinds – and musicians in a broad variety of genres. Though the showcases will all feature traditional and world music artists, the conferences will offer advice of use to musicians of all kinds, whether popular, classical, jazz, pop or world music.

The Expo will once again bring together music industry professionals, artists, students and a select group of international concert and festival programmers with a keen interest in the music of Asia. Along with attracting delegates and exhibitors from all over the ASEAN region, we have invited 22 international world music programmers who will share their skills in conferences, meet the delegates informally and in specially-designed one-on-one encounters and to hear great music. These are professionals chosen for their interest in and history of booking artists from all over the world to appear at their festivals and venues throughout Asia, Europe, North America and elsewhere. Countless new careers have been launched in just such a way.

Check it out at: borneomusicexpo.com.

Kind regards from your WOMEX team

WOMEX 14 Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain | 22 - 26 October 2014


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