Drawing almost 30 years of expertise and experience producing Worldwide Expo WOMEX, ten+ years of Classical:NEXT, co-organising numerous global events and professional meetings and beeing part of a broad range of international projects., Piranha Arts provides hands-on consultancy, curatorial knowledge, production, project management expertise to a broad range of partners.

Piranha is a pioneer in working at an international level in several continents, in supporting the global mobility of artists and cultural operators and in promoting cultural diversity on sustainable ways.

To support and foster cultural and musical scenes locally as well as international professional exchanges, Piranha Arts provides its global network, its expertise in the cultural development and its rich and diverse production knowledge through its branch WOMEX Special Projects.

We have a proven track record of producing and consulting on events of different shapes, on different continents, including training sessions and capacity building programmes, conferences, showcase festivals, cultural markets and networking platforms, education and IT projects.

  • a solid expertise in projects management, projects coordination of many kinds.
  • advanced knowledge of the sector from internationalisation to digital challenges, from creators’ rights to management issues and much more.
  • a robust global network of institutions, organisations, international media, cultural and creative practitioners and entrepreneurs.
  • a dynamic communications infrastructure that reaches many thousands of professionals worldwide.
  • expertise in many fields, from assistance in shaping cultural policies to designing networking opportunities, music conferences, festivals and training programmes.

We collaborate with a diverse range of partners ranging from governments (national to municipal level), the European Union, UNESCO, NGOs, GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation), Goethe-Institut, Caribbean Development Bank, universities, arts councils and foundations to private operators, such as event producers, networks or festivals.

Some of our recent projects and collaborations:

    European Projects:
  • MOST – Bridge for Balkan Music, lead by Hangveto, HU https://mostmusic.eu/
  • SEWEM - Sino European Women Entrepreneurs in Music, lead by Le Laba, FR
  • UPBEAT - The European Showcase Platform for World Music, lead by Hangveto, HU

  • International Projects:
  • AFROPOLLINATION – Music + Dance – A TURN Project from the German Cultural Foundation, in partnership with Nyege Nyege, UG
  • Mobility Advocacy Summit at WOMEX 23 a joint initiative with On The Move and Tamizdat

We are also proud to have contributed (and still provide ongoing expertise and technical assistance to some of them) to the following events in various parts of the world:

  • IMEX – Indonesian Music Expo; 2023 ‐ ongoing
  • Porto Musical in Recife, Brazil; 2005 ‐ ongoing
  • Primera Linea in Havana, Cuba; 2016 ‐ 2020
  • Circulart in Medellin, Colombia; 2015 ‐ 2020
  • Atlantic Music Expo in Praia, Cabo Verde; 2012 ‐ 2017
  • Sound of the Xity in Beijing, China; 2014 ‐ 2016
  • AMFEST Expo in Lagos, Nigeria; 2018

Please contact us in order to find out the details or apply.

Email consult@piranha-arts.com


IMEX – Indonesian Music Expo in the magical setting of Ubud in Bali, the newly established IMEX presents the diversity of Indonesian music from traditional to modern around a free showcase festival, conferences, workshops and speed meetings.


The 'oldest' WOMEX collaboration event started in 2005, Porto Musical has become a major and friendly gateway for the Brazilian music market as well as a networking platform for music movers and shakers coming from different regions of Brazil. It takes place in the very buzzing and unique set up of Pernambuco's Carnival preparations.


Cuba is an island full of music, which has pleased many ears and hips worldwide. The country's formidable music scene is now also home to an emerging, ambitious music business. Primera Linea international music forum offers the opportunity to meet local players, get an inside view behind the stage curtains on sightseeing tours dedicated to music and find out more about opportunities for foreign artists in Cuba.


Circulart, the platform for all music from Latin America, is a space for reflection, attended by a great mix of young audience and professionals from all over Latin America, dynamic and vibrant continent in the global music landscape. Along with conferences and showcases, a strong part of Circulart is its heavy rotation Business Meetings.


AME – Atlantic Music Expo: We have been involved in the concept and making of Atlantic Music Expo and its first five editions. AME has established itself as a music professionals’ meeting for Cabo Verde, Africa, and all sides of the Atlantic around conferences, showcases and an open air trade fair.

Sound of the Xity: Established in 2011, SOTX provided professionals with an unparalleled access point to both China's flourishing music scene and the international industry. It affirmed itself as the leading gateway between China and the international music world.

Afropollination Music+Dance: aims to encapsulate the process of artistic and social cultural pollination: facilitating the creative encounters between artists, genres, disciplines, identities, ideas, cultures, technologies and communities from various regions of Africa and Germany, taking and giving to and from one another, create new forms of expression and bring new inspirations. In partnership with Nyege Nyege, Uganda Funded by the TURN2 Fund of German Federal Cultural Foundation.

More about Afropollination

A project we ran in 2017: the musical scenes of Lusophone African countries are highly dynamic and creative, especially in the field of urban and dance music. The project LusAfro increased the profile of musicians from Lusophone Africa in Germany and beyond, and promoted artistic and professional exchange between them and German artists and professionals. Funded by the TURN Fund of German Federal Cultural Foundation.