INTERNATIONAL PRESS STATEMENT - WOMEX Against Xenophobia and Pro Diversity


WOMEX Against Xenophobia and Pro Diversity

We, the WOMEX organizers 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...


Roma Opening at WOMEX 15

WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST - Roma Opening at WOMEX 15 Expanding upon the theme of the WOMEX 11 Opening in Copenhagen, Hungarian HeartBeats, this year's Opening concert, called Gypsy HeartBeats, will honour music from the Carpathian Basin, and its variety, by celebrating the musical impact of the Roma, whose appearance in the area can be traced back to the 15th Century.

WOMEX is proud that the Roma will take centre stage this year: As musical messengers throughout the region, the Roma have kept their musical traditions, which place a heavy focus on vocals, alive to the present day. Gypsy HeartBeats will offer a snapshot of the roots of this music and portray how this tradition has evolved in the... More...

WOMEX Roadshow

Sziget Festival 2015

WOMEX Roadshow - Sziget Festival 2015 Our director of communications, Paul Bräuer, will be representing WOMEX at Budapest’s Sziget Festival this week.

Amongst the festival's huge musical line-up are several WOMEX alumni from throughout the years, including:

Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar
Parno Graszt
La Chiva Gantiva
Besh o droM

If you will be at the festival, let us know what you see and who your highlights are – and we’ll see you back there in October!

Photo credit: Sziget Festival, by Szemerey Bence More...


Cheikh Lô to Receive WOMEX 15 Artist Award

WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST - Cheikh Lô to Receive WOMEX 15 Artist Award The 17th WOMEX Award Ceremony will take place on Sunday, 25 October at the Palace of Arts in Budapest and will recognise formidable artistry, professionalism and contribution to the arts sector and record label output in the following three categories: Artist Award; Professional Excellence Award; and Top Label Award. This year, Cheikh Lô has been selected as the recipient of the Artist Award.

Beloved in Senegal, adored by world music fans and admired by musicians around the world, there is no doubt that Cheikh Lô is one of the giants of West African music. Lô is a tireless musical innovator, pushing boundaries in both his own music and as a collaborator with many and varied artists. We are delighted to bestow this... More...


New Showcase Acts Announced

WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST - New Showcase Acts Announced Dear WOMEXicans,

The next round of artists set to perform as part of this year's Showcase Festival is now locked in! These artists join the Official Selection line-up and will take to the stage at WOMEX 15, running from 21 - 25 October in Budapest, Hungary.

We are also delighted to say that there has been a 10 percent rise in registrations in comparison to the same time last year - check out who's coming and start setting up meetings via the list of delegates, companies and exhibitors on our website.

Kind regards from your WOMEX team

Photo Mamar Kassey by Jy Lafontaine More...

TED Talks

Simon Broughton at TEDxKish

TED Talks - Simon Broughton at TEDxKish In his TEDx talk on the Iranian island of Kish, Songlines Magazine Editor-in-Chief (and serial WOMEXican) Simon Broughton asks the question 'Can Music Change the World?'

We think we may be a bit biased in our answer to that question, but with his discussion of music and culture in Iran, Romania, India and Morocco, the video is well worth a watch. More...


First Conference Sessions Announced

WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST - First Conference Sessions Announced It's not just the WOMEX 15 Showcase Festival that is coming together - we have already announced our first set of Conference sessions and speakers! Both topics and speakers are worldwide in their scope, and this year's programme is set to be as interesting as ever. Here are the sessions announced so far:

Introduction to the Music Scene in India - Emmanuelle de Decker
Touring the Balkans - Kay Krijnen
Music Bridging Communities in Post-Conflict Environments - Darren Ferguson
Breaking Down the Walls - Jo Frost
Artist Data Insights - Erich Ludwig
Why Curation Will Save the Music Industry - Felix Zeltner
Who is That Singing Your Song? - Manojna Yeluri
Masters from the Past – The "Final Hour" Program - Péter Árendás
Connecting with the Far East: Focusing on Korea, China &... More...


Showcase Trailer Part 1

WOMEX 15 - Showcase Trailer Part 1 Together with the first announcement of our showcase artists and conference speakers, we have also released our Showcase trailer to get you extra-excited. You can view the trailer on YouTube now! More...


Crowdfunding Of Djivan Gasparyan Documentary

WOMEX Award - Crowdfunding Of Djivan Gasparyan Documentary Did you know that the Duduk is made from the wood of the Apricot tree? Our 2002 WOMEX Award winner and master of the Duduk, Djivan Gasparyan is subject of a documentary which seeks funding through Kickstarter. Enjoy the trailer of "Bitter Apricot" and consider backing this beautiful project.


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See the best artists on the international scene at the WOMEX 15 Showcase Festival. Tickets now available via Müpa Budapest - Palace of Arts. More...



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