• 19-23 OCT 2022
  • Lisbon, Portugal

WOMEX - Worldwide Music Expo

WOMEX 22 Lisbon, Portugal, 19-23 October 2022

WOMEX – Worldwide Music Expo – is the most international and culturally diverse music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films and showcase concerts.

Over 2,600 professionals (including 260 performing artists) come together every October from 90 countries, making WOMEX the leading networking platform for the world music industry. Its musical spectrum is unparalleled in the international showcase performance market, ranging from the most traditional to the new global local underground, embracing folk, roots, jazz, local and diaspora cultures as much as urban and electronic sounds from all over the globe.

7 stages, around 700 exhibiting companies, 100+ speakers, films, an opening concert and an award ceremony across five packed networking days and rather short nights.

WOMEX and the many delegates in its community aims to support and strengthen the role of culture around the globe and to spread its values through the nurturing and promotion of creativity and art. The local and global world music community is able to – and needs to – contribute to cross-cultural understanding in a welcoming, tolerant, diverse and productive manner.

The event remains devoted to facilitating and promoting the global music industry and providing a platform to connect, inspire and share experiences, enabling new partnerships across transcontinental markets and an open economic and international cultural dialogue.

Since 1994 WOMEX has been travelling all across Europe, stopping off in

  • Berlin (1994, 1999, 2000)Brussels (1995)Marseille (1997)
  • Stockholm (1998) Rotterdam (2001)Essen (2002, 2004)
  • Newcastle (2005)Sevilla (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Copenhagen (2009, 2010, 2011)Thessaloniki (2012) Cardiff (2013)
  • Santiago de Compostela (2014, 2016)Katowice (2017)
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2018)Tampere (2019)Budapest (2015, 2020)Porto (2021)

WOMEX 21 took place in Porto, Portugal from Wednesday, 27 to Sunday, 31 October 2021.

Previous Editions

Intrigued? Want to see what WOMEX is for yourself? Take part in our annual expo! You can book a trade fair stand for your company, promote yourself or simply come as a delegate and take in the many sights, sounds and opportunities on offer. Find information on registration and pricing below!

The Call for Proposals for WOMEX 22 is now closed. It will open again in January 2023 for WOMEX 23.

WOMEX 22 registration is now open!

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WOMEX 2021 in Porto











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The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers.

- UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

In its 2021 Edition, WOMEX Saw...

More than 2,600 professionals (including 290 performing artists) from 102 countries representing 1,270 companies
950 event promoters
540 labels, publishers and distributors
420 governmental, educational and other institutions
760 individual booking agents, 660 managers and 300 producers
250 national and international journalists
A bustling Trade Fair with 620 exhibiting companies from 50 countries at 200 stands
More than 60 Showcase acts with 290 musicians representing 48 countries on 7 stages
111 speakers and mentors from 50 countries in 21 Conference Sessions; 20 Network Meetings and associated presentations and 7 expert Mentorings
24 music-based documentaries from across the globe divided into Market and Public Screenings alongside a Film Library, with 18 attending filmmakers, producers and artists representing their films
The Opening Concert 'Porto ReFolk Express'.
Two WOMEX Awards honouring Aynur from Turkey/The Netherlands; Global Music Match
WOMEX Academy 2021: taking place online and on-location, offering training and mentoring to music professionals and showcasing artists from 5 continents. Aga Khan Music Programme, Transcultura, Procultura, Sibelius Academy, Global Toronto and International Indigenous Music Summit are the partners for this year. The WOMEX Radio Studio, organised by EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and this year's local media partner RTP: Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (Portugal)

For The First Ever WOMEX 20 Digital Edition, We Saw...

1130 registered participants from 90 countries
38 jury-selected showcase artists representing 40 countries
21 music-based documentaries from 21 countries
23 conference sessions, mentoring opportunities with 7 experts including 3 roundtable and 4 one-to-one mentoring sessions, 8 network meetings
660 individual booking agents, 610 managers and 300 producers
147 video stands
In digital terms — Streamed 70 hours of online content consisting of —
20 hours of conference sessions,
The eighth WOMEX Club Summit
8 hours of network meetings,
4 hours of mentoring,
18 hours of films,
20 hours of virtual showcases including the artist interviews,
Over 20,000 interactions between delegates on the official networking channel on MatterMost

Media & Press

For photographs, logos, videos and other media from WOMEX, see our press section and media downloads.