• NEXT EDITION
  • 27-31 OCT 2021
  • Porto, Portugal
For now, it seems all positive that WOMEX 21 in Porto will be able to take place as a physical event. In any case, if required, our team, along with our local partner AMG Music from Portugal, will be prepared to take all necessary actions and react accordingly to the on-going restrictions. If the unfortunate situation arises again and WOMEX 21 is cancelled or cannot take place, we will reimburse all registration and stand booking fees.

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WOMEX is not responsible for any costs incurred by your accommodation or travel services. All deals are done directly between the delegates and the booking companies. Please check cancellation policies directly with your service provider and consider those cancellation policies might change due to extended travel restrictions announced by governments or health authorities due to COVID-19. WOMEX cannot be held responsible for the final cost charged by the hotel.
The “Digital Green Certificate” will facilitate safe and free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic within the EU. A Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has received a negative test result or has recovered from COVID-19 that can be used across all EU Member States. It can also be introduced in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway as well as Switzerland. The Digital Green Certificate will also be open to initiatives being developed globally.
Here you can read all the other Questions and Answers regarding the Digital Green Certificate.
Visitportugal is the official website for Portugal as a tourist destination, and is developed by Turismo de Portugal, I.P., the national tourist board. Forming an integral part of the Ministry of Economy, Turismo de Portugal, I.P., is responsible for the promotion, development and sustainability of tourist activity. It thus unites in one single body all the institutional powers relating to the development of tourism, in all areas ranging from supply to demand.
Please read their FAQS with latest norms and updates regarding COVID-19 in Portugal. Here is an interactive map that shows the current COVID-19 status across European Union.
For additional travel information and immigration, please check SEF Public Service and Border Control FAQs.
In October 2021, WOMEX will make its debut in Portugal, in the city of Porto. Together with WOMEX's parent company Piranha Arts, WOMEX 21 will be realised with AMG Music as the main local partner.

Porto city flaunts an extensive history, breath-taking tourist attractions, and an exciting nightlife. It is the main city in the north of Portugal, and the name 'Porto' itself influenced the name of the country 'Portugal'. Located along the Douro River estuary, it has a unique atmosphere with elegant neighbourhoods and large villas sitting on narrow cobbled streets.

For travel and venue information, please see here.
The Call for Proposals for the Showcase Festival, Conference and Film programmes, inviting artists, speakers and filmmakers is now closed. Each year, our international, independent jury, the Seven Samurai, review each proposal and from them select the official WOMEX programme.
Please note that WOMEX is unable to cover any fees, travel expenses or other costs. Please consider the financing of your trip to WOMEX in Porto carefully and what support or funding you have. Possible sources for funding in your case might be:
  • National Music Export Offices
  • Foundations of Collecting Societies
  • National Cultural Institutes

Here you can find useful information on MIP (Mobility Information Points) compiled by On the Move. Please note that WOMEX is not responsible for the content. In case of interest please contact the specific MIP of your country or area independently. More information here.
The registrations for WOMEX 21 in Porto are now open. To stay up to date with developments, please subscribe to our newsletter here.
Journalists play a vital role in the dissemination of music and in keeping the important discourse on this art form alive. WOMEX acknowledges this by offering a reduced rate to media professionals, subject to approval.

If you are a delegate who will attend WOMEX first and foremost in your role as a journalist or as a professional involved in the editorial work of a music media company, you are invited to register for our special Media Rate. Simply complete the delegate registration as normal, and check the "Media registration" box when you are entering your personal delegate data – about half way through the registration process – and send a copy of your press credentials to registration@womex.com. After confirmation from our communications department, you will be granted the discounted Media Rate registration price.

We are planning to share the first content announcement in June 2021.
WOMEX and its local partners are working on hotel deals in Porto, which will be shared in the upcoming months.
Delegate registration encompasses all five days of the event, and single day tickets are not available. Entrance to the WOMEX Trade Fair, Conference, Films, Opening and Award ceremony is reserved for WOMEX delegates who have registered for the full five-day event.

However, if you are not a WOMEX delegate or want to bring someone who is not a WOMEX delegate, you can purchase tickets for the public festival including nighttime concerts and films closer to the event through www.womex-festival.com.
If spouses/partners do not wish to register for the full WOMEX event, they can purchase tickets for the public festival only (please see question above) through www.womex-festival.com.
For the current state of affairs regarding access to the EU, carnets, work permits, visa and more please visit:
The UK Government official website
Additionally helpful info can be found at www.ukeartswork.info/, including a series on YouTube by Ian Smith of Frusion.
Here you can find the VAT rules for delegates from the UK.

For questions regarding VAT for exhibitors/stand bookings from the UK please get in touch with registration@womex.com.
Before the event, WOMEX publishes a 'Who is Coming' list online. You can use virtualWOMEX to search for companies or individual delegates and to set up meetings with other delegates ahead of WOMEX.
All registered delegates of WOMEX will get a free one-year virtualWOMEX account. VirtualWOMEX is your online gateway to the world music community: you can present your company and artists, connect with other delegates, and much more.

virtualWOMEX is also open to those not registered for WOMEX – On payment of a fee (48 Euro) all interested parties can register for virtualWOMEX or extend their existing account without participating in WOMEX itself. Please do this through our virtualWOMEX registration form.

For more information about virtualWOMEX, visit the virtualWOMEX FAQ or contact virtual@womex.com.
Your virtualWOMEX logins are valid for one year from your date of purchase. To login, please visit: www.womex.com/virtual/.
If you purchased a virtualWOMEX membership, it is valid for one year from date of purchase. Many conference sessions and virtual showcases are available for re-streaming with new content being uploaded throughout the year. Head here to watch On Demand: www.womex.com/virtual/media.
Full information on how to arrange delivery of goods and packages for your WOMEX stand is available on the Register and Book a Stand page. Should you have any questions, please contact production@womex.com.
Please contact us before the event at registration@womex.com if you have any special access needs, to make your time at WOMEX as easy as possible. Fully-registered disabled delegates may be accompanied by their Personal Assistant (carer) free of charge.
If you plan to register on-site on Thursday, you may attend the Opening Concert on Wednesday. Staff at the Opening venue will request that you provide them with ID.
WOMEX will launch a 'Make the Most of WOMEX' page ahead of the event to offer useful tips.
It is possible to share a stand or become part of an umbrella stand at WOMEX. For further information please contact production@womex.com.
Exhibitors must not sell any merchandise at their stands.
Sunday marks the end of five days full of music, business and friendly networking at WOMEX. Join us for our Networking Breakfast, courtesy of WOMEX, and the celebratory WOMEX Award ceremony (delegates only!) on Sunday.
Each delegate will receive one copy of the WOMEX Guide in their delegate bag, distributed on arrival. Additional copies of the WOMEX Guide may be purchased at the Registration Counter for a fee of 25€, subject to availability.

If you wish to purchase copies of the WOMEX Guide from previous editions, please contact partnership@womex.com.
International English is the lingua franca of the professional music community in general, the world music community in particular and the WOMEX choice for successful interaction.