WOMEX 15 - Thank you, everybody. Köszönöm!


Thank you, everybody. Köszönöm!

The 21st edition of WOMEX has come to a close with a great Award Ceremony, honouring Glitterbeat Records, Ramin Sadighi and Cheikh Lô!

WOMEX drew over 2,500 delegates from 90 countries and we've had five amazing days of Trade Fair, Networking, Conferences, Films and Showcases, and we'd like to thank the people that make everything possible - you, the WOMEXicans, our beloved delegates!

On behalf of the entire WOMEX team we would like to thank you for making a wonderful WOMEX 15 in Budapest, Hungary reality. Our 21st edition was the first edition in Central Eastern Europe and it was very well received both internationally and in the region. We continued building bridges over cultural divides, including many new friends from the regional music scenes. Together with them we... More...



Closing and Awards Ceremony today at Müpa, Palace of Arts

WOMEX 15 - Closing and Awards Ceremony today at Müpa, Palace of Arts We all had a great time this year, with important Conferences, intreguing films, amazing showcases and, of course, invaluable business and networking. So let's see WOMEX out in style!

The WOMEX 15 Closing and Awards Ceremony will be held today, Sunday, 25 October, at Müpa, Palace of Arts. Preceeding the ceremony is the Networking Breakfast from 10am - 12 noon: get some last-minute networking in before the Awards begin at 12.

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WOMEX 15 Showcase Festival

Showcase-Only Tickets Now Sold Out!

WOMEX 15 Showcase Festival - Showcase-Only Tickets Now Sold Out! We're getting ready to start the second night of the WOMEX 15 Showcase Festival and we can't wait to see you there! However, if you are not a registered delegate or have already purchased a Showcase-only ticket from Müpa, please be aware that these tickets are now SOLD OUT.

If you are a delegate and need to bring in a guest, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. More...

WOMEX Information

Bank Holidays in Hungary

WOMEX Information - Bank Holidays in Hungary As we're about to kick off with our Nightime Film and Showcase Programmes here in Budapest, it is useful to remember that that Friday, 23 October and Saturday, 24 October are bank holidays in Hungary. Shops, public institutions and some restaurants will be closed. Most museums will be open (please check museum websites for more detailed information).

Transport: holiday schedules will be in effect on Friday 23, so public transport is operational, but less frequent than usual. However, tram line 2 will have extended service during WOMEX, so transport all along the Pest side, between Bálna and Müpa Budapest - Palace of Arts, will be fast and easy. The boat service between the Pest side and A38 Ship is also unaffected by the holiday schedule: this will run every 15... More...


Live Stream WOMEX Opening

GYPSY HEARTBEATS - Live Stream WOMEX Opening Head to our opening page to watch a live stream of the Gypsy HeartBeats opening.

If you have delay issues with our live stream, head to www.mupa.hu

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WOMEX 15, Starting Soon!

WOMEX 15 - WOMEX 15, Starting Soon! WOMEX 15 in Budapest, Hungary is just around the corner - in two days' time, from Wednesday, 21 to Sunday, 25 October, we will be welcoming world music professionals from around the globe to meet, discuss, debate, do business and party!

Here we have some helpful links all in one place to keep you up-to-date and prepared to make the most of your time at WOMEX:

- Consult our latest newsletter and sign up for updates throughout the event.
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WOMEX 18-20

WOMEX Call for Locations: 2018 - 2020

WOMEX 18-20 - WOMEX Call for Locations: 2018 - 2020 We are currently accepting your proposals for a commitment to bring WOMEX to a new location for the years 2018 to 2020.

The preferred dates are during the weeks before daylight saving:

- 24-28 October 2018
- 23-27 October 2019
- 21-25 October 2020

Please indicate in your proposal whether your submission is for one, two or all three years.

The deadline to submit is Friday, 11 December 2015. For information on how to apply, you can get in touch with WOMEX director Alexander Walter at alexander.walter@piranha-arts.com. On the basis of the material received, a shortlist of several locations for further investigation will be made by Friday, 29 January 2016.

Please note that only location proposals from within the European Community (incl. Switzerland) can be accepted. It... More...


WOMEX 16 to be held in Santiago de Compostela

WOMEX 16 - WOMEX 16 to be held in Santiago de Compostela The WOMEX pendulum swings from West to East and back – in response to very positive feedback about WOMEX 14 from participants, the press and the region alike, we are delighted to reveal that for our 22nd edition, WOMEX will return to Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain in 2016!

From 19-23 October 2016, the Cidade da Cultura will once again play host to a bustling Trade Fair, in-depth Conference Sessions on burning topics, boundary-pushing Films, Daycases and more, with the Nighttime Showcases spread throughout the beautiful Old Town including a stage next to the famous Cathedral. More...


WOMEX Against Xenophobia and Pro Diversity

INTERNATIONAL PRESS STATEMENT - WOMEX Against Xenophobia and Pro Diversity We, the WOMEX organisers share the concerns of many regarding the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. Western societies need to overcome the fears and the selfishness. This is a basic humanitarian principle we believe to share with our entire community. The world music community has always been committed to the issue of refugees, as migration has contributed to the development of musical diversity around the world.

In the light of WOMEX being in Budapest this year, the recent debate on how to welcome refugees coming to Europe has also raised concerns to WOMEX delegates and reporting media. WOMEX has released an international press statement in the name of the organisers as well as the entire community.

We heavily disagree with state actions at the Hungarian... More...


Mariem Hassan, 1958 - 2015

OBITUARY - Mariem Hassan, 1958 - 2015 We are very sad to hear that Mariem Hassan, one of the most important and beautiful Saharawi voices - and WOMEX 2005 Showcase artist - passed away on 22 August 2015. She has been a strong messenger for her people throughout her entire music career, spreading the word of their ongoing struggle.

To honour her great spirit we would like to draw your attention to her official biography 'Mariem Hassan - Soy Saharaui', published in October 2014 by Calamar Edicion y Dieño. It comes as a powerful graphic novel written and illustrated by Italian authors Gianluca Diana, Andromalis, and Federica Marzioni. Almost 50 pages of amazing art work will lead you through the singer’s life and the intense story of the... More...


Film Programme Announced

WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST - Film Programme Announced WOMEX is delighted to present its first ever in-house curated film programme. 15 striking documentaries co-produced in 19 different countries ranging from Greenland to Vanuatu shall be screened – new releases that portray music, movements and history from across the world. Many of the films selected will enjoy their European or Hungarian premieres at WOMEX 15 in Budapest. Films will be presented at both Bálna and Müpa Budapest (Palace of Arts), during the day and in the evenings respectively.

For a full listing of the films that will be screened, as well as more information about each film, see the Film programme webpage.

Picture credit: Still from the film Vanuatu Womenʼs Water Music, directed by Tim Cole. More...


Guide Rate Deadline - Friday, 28th August

WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST - Guide Rate Deadline - Friday, 28th August The Guide Rate deadline for WOMEX 15 will expire on 28th August at 23:59 (CET).

Be sure to register before this time to get the best price on registrations, and to be included in the WOMEX Guide - the indispensable companion given to all delegates.

If you miss this deadline, you can still register after this date, but the price will increase and you will not be included in the WOMEX Guide. The next rate deadline is the Late Rate, which closes on 25 September. More...




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