• 27-31 OCT 2021
  • Porto, Portugal

WOMEX - Worldwide Music Expo

WOMEX 21 Porto, Portugal, 27-31 October 2021

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

Over 2,500 professionals (including 260 performing artists) come together every October from 90 countries, making WOMEX not only the number one networking platform for the world music industry, but also the most diverse music meeting worldwide. 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.

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 will take 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!

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WOMEX 2019 in Tampere











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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 2019 Edition, WOMEX Saw...

More than 2,500 professionals (including 260 performing artists) from 83 countries representing 1,250 companies
850 event promoters
520 labels, publishers and distributors
410 governmental, educational and other institutions
660 individual booking agents, 610 managers and 300 producers
250 national and international journalists
A Trade Fair with 670 exhibiting companies from 55 countries at 250 stands
More than 60 Showcase acts with 260 musicians representing 47 countries on 7 stages
The eighth WOMEX Club Summit
110 speakers and mentors from 40 countries in 25 Conference Sessions; 20 Network Meetings and offWOMEX presentations and 8 expert Mentorings
17 music-based documentaries from across the globe divided into Market and Public Screenings alongside a Film Library, with 13 attending filmmakers, producers and artists representing their films
The Opening Concert 'Arctic Fire - POHJOISET TULET.
Two WOMEX Awards honouring Kayhan Kalhor from Iran/USA; Julie's Bicycle from the UK
The WOMEX Radio Studio, organised by NRK (Norway), RBB (Germany), EBU/Euroradio (European Broadcasting Union) and this year's local media partners Yle (Finnish Broadcasting Company)
WOMEX Academy, welcoming the young generation of music professionals this year with 32 fellows from 15 countries through 3 different projects! (From Aruba, Bulgaria, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Nepal, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Serbia)

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.