The five day event is not only a commercial platform but a progressive amplifier for music culture itself - this is emphasized not by the festival programme alone, a stroll over the expo resembles a walk through the cultural diversity of the globe.
Musicians, agents, record labels - you name it - gather together to check out new talent and share music. Intense meetings and conferences by day, and by night an equally intense schedule of gigs and showcases. A weird and wonderful selection of music.
WOMEX is the most important industry event of the year and continues to be so. This year being my fifth, I find each year more and more lucrative as I dig deeper into the community and opportunities the conference has to offer.
WOMEX is the best place to meet artists and music people from all over the world.
The world vibrates at WOMEX 17 in Poland.
An unmissable opportunity for businesses and artists at any level.
This year’s event boasted more than 2,600 attendees from over 90 countries; and over 60 acts with 303 musicians from 46 countries. Simply put, it’s a pretty big deal.
Being part of the WOMEX community for a few days was an excellent door opener to getting to know the most open-minded community within the music industry by far.
WOMEX opened my eyes to the breadth of world music and the people who make it. Inspiring and encouraging, I made enough contacts to work on for months!
The important thing about WOMEX is seeing how many people are working for the same cause, encouraging music cultures to get stronger, letting the world know about their existence and richness, which is a mutual encouragement to get on with the work! You really feel you are part of a bigger movement, and your cultural identity counts.
There are a huge variety of opportunities to explore at the conference for musicians and industry delegates, from international keynote speakers, round-table discussions and industry panels in the daytime to networking receptions and world-class live music [...] WOMEX is a great opportunity for meeting new contacts and professional development whatever your genre.
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.
WOMEX provides a valuable meeting place for international connections and dialogue, as well as refreshing those connections close to home. Combined with the opportunity to see a wealth of emerging international artists, it reminds us of the vitality of music in the globalised world we navigate.
Having meetings with people from all over the world is so enriching. Any business, big or small, can succeed on the international market. I encourage emerging music businesses to attend WOMEX. The possibilities are endless; your business does not end at the border!
WOMEX 2013 is the most important trade show globally and South African emerging artists and independent music companies attending are enabled to position their standing and showcase their musical products at a festival that has the potential to kick start their careers on an international level.
60 artists, 7 stages and more than 2600 music pros from 90 countries: The World Music Expo is the biggest meeting of the global pop scene.
WOMEX was an amazing networking experience, as well as Showcase experience. The event allowed us to meet contacts from around the world, and present our project to the type of music industry people we really needed to meet.
It was my favourite WOMEX for many years - lots of good ideas, plain speaking, good meals and dancing!
Where else on the planet can you hear music from such diverse places and cultures, and meet colleagues from literally all around the globe, in one spot? I love the mix of music, people, styles, and traditions.
A bustling market with passionate, professional people. WOMEX is an event where you're always inspired and discover new and exciting music and colleagues. A once in a year must for the world music business & beyond!
I thought WOMEX 13 was a triumph - Cardiff was a fabulous city to hold it in - what lovely hosts. I found the whole experience enlightening, stimulating and lots of good fun - I'm knackered!
Whether you're a journalist, a radio DJ, a musician, a concert organiser, a booker or a record company, if you're dealing with world music you cannot miss the WOMEX.
The effects of WOMEX in terms of cultural legacy for our music industry and the profile of Cardiff as a world cultural capital will be with us for years to come.
WOMEX is a worldwide unique event of cultural diversity in music. Without WOMEX the development of musical expressions in the world the last 20 years would be less rich.
Always stimulating, WOMEX is the single most useful yearly get together of world music professionals. The energy at the trade show is palpable.
When you walk onto the cavernous floor of the expo, you have the world around you. Labels, artists, promoters, festivals, media - it's all there and they all have a place for jazz!
To be successful at programming global music, it is essential to attend WOMEX. It is unparalleled for networking, information, and quality of artist showcases.
WOMEX is an invaluable event and resource for anyone involved in the world music business. Hugely informative, enjoyable and highly professional.