• NEXT EDITION
  • 21-25 OCT 2020
  • Budapest, Hungary
As of now, we expect travel restrictions to be broadly or fully withdrawn by October. The Hungarian government officially plans to waive restrictions on public events on 15 August. We have all the reason to expect the withdrawal of travel restrictions as flights started to be launched mid-May. However, we cannot rule out restrictions regarding certain areas or other kinds of difficulties depending on the future state of the pandemic. Also, as of now, remember to bring your own face mask as wearing it is compulsory in many public spaces – shops, restaurants, public transport.
In any case, it is highly recommended to contact the Embassy of Hungary accredited to your country before the intended departure in order to get a confirmation.
See Checklist for answers here. Please note that WOMEX can offer a support letter when you are registered and fully paid.
Regulations are changing week by week, according to pandemic developments. Current regulations may not be indicative of the ones in a few months.
Hotels, AirBnB and all kinds of booking and accomodations services are available. As you might predict, there is still plenty of space available.
Have a look here for accommodation options.
As of 15 July Hungary categorized countries as either green, yellow, or red in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, these categories are revised every week. The rules of entry into Hungary are different for Hungarian citizens and foreigners, and from countries classified as green, yellow, and red. Please make sure to check travel information on the Foreign Ministry’s website all times you need up-to-date information.
The good news is, most EU and Schengen countries are green, and foreign citizens are free to enter Hungary from these countries without quarantine. Additionally, in special cases travelers from any country may be granted permission to entry by local authorities: those who travel for international sports, cultural, or religious events. We will make sure to help you all and provide you with any documents should it still be needed in October.
No such check-up regulations are in place, only your country of origin and the nature of your visit counts. Again, this is expected to change, and we’ll inform you of any future changes.
We will not put the health of delegates, artists, public and team in danger, and will follow the necessary safety regulations required at the time and place of the event. Whatever those regulations will be, we will make sure to implement them.
We will follow the safety regulations in place at the time of the event. Should you have any further needs, we will be happy to assist in creating an environment that makes you feel safe. We will make sure to have disinfectants, sufficient facemasks and on-site health assistance at your disposal.
No, there is no such thing. There is a tracking app, but using it is voluntary.
Registration is open since 9 June.
The Smart Rate registration deadline will be postponed to 24 July 2020.
If there is a cancellation of the entire event WOMEX 20 due to Force Majeure, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.
Our general cancellation and refund policy applies, unless a cancellation is based on official Corona-related travel restrictions is as follows: General refund policy 2020: there will be a 10% cancellation fee upon cancellation by the end of the Summer Rate. Please understand that there will be no refunds after this deadline.
Special refund policy 2020 regarding COVID-19: in case of official COVID-19-related national/international travel restrictions or quarantine measures, a full refund will be made.
This means: the reimbursement option applies to people who can present a written proof of being unable to enter to Hungary due to a national or international travel restrictions due to COVID-19, or who are required to have a general quarantine upon entry from or to his/her home country. As a written proof, an official information from your Ministry of Foreign Affairs website valid at the time of the event will be accepted. For example: If a delegate from France has registered for WOMEX and is not allowed to leave France or enter Hungary at the time of WOMEX due to COVID 19 travelling restrictions, a refund is possible for this person. If the delegate is coming from the country which does not have travel restrictions with Hungary, no refund will be possible.
According to our Terms of Business, changes of a registered company name or individual name (registration transfer) are subject to a 40,- EUR (net) charge. No changes are possible after the check-in of a registered company name or individual has been completed on site.
So far, no. The Hungarian government announced a plan of lifting restrictions regarding live, public events from 15 August. Summer festivals with a projected audience much larger than WOMEX are set to take place in the second half of August 2020 already. Should the pandemic continue and the plans on lifting the restrictions change, we will inform you.
If you choose to cancel your event registration, you also lose access to virtualWOMEX. You must re-register for virtualWOMEX separately to regain access.
WOMEX 20 returns to the rich cultural city in Central Eastern Europe that is Budapest from 21 to 25 October 2020. Read more about our host city Budapest 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. The next Call for Proposal will open again in January 2021 for WOMEX 21.
You can register online for WOMEX. Walk-up registrations on-site are also welcome during the event itself – nobody is ever turned away. Registrations for WOMEX 20 Budapest, Hungary is now open. 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 2020 event through www.womex-festival.com.
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.

Press accrediation (including free delegate-level access) to WOMEX 20 is reserved for a limited number of local press. For information on press accreditation for Hungarian media professionals, please email media@womex.com.
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.
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 + 19% VAT) 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.
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.