Katowice at night

Katowice, Poland

The WOMEX pendulum continues to swing from East and West – we are delighted that WOMEX 17 will be held in Katowice, Poland from Wednesday, 25 to Sunday, 29 October, 2017.

WOMEX continues its journey of covering the entire scope of European regions, signifying and actively promoting solidarity and unity of Europe through its locations, and of all countries of the world through its programme. After visiting Central Eastern Europe for the first time for WOMEX 15 in Budapest, Hungary, and after WOMEX returned to the Iberian peninsula, to Santiago de Compostela in 2016, 2017 will mark WOMEX’ first visit to Poland as well as to Silesia, the historic region which features its very own cultural heritage and lies in the heart of Central and Eastern Europe, neighboring Czech Republic and Slovakia.


“We are delighted to bring WOMEX into this European region and find new friends there. We believe WOMEX will once again add its part to a positive movement over there: the city of Katowice is an upcoming creative location, recently undergoing a post-industrial flowering where the city becomes a green, cultural hub.

Alexander Walter, WOMEX director

Testimony to this development are not only several achievements in the arts but first and foremost the development of Katowice’s music scene: Katowice is the only Central European city bearing the title of the UNESCO City of Music. The city has recently opened an amazing Cultural Zone with a highly-acclaimed concert hall – the NOSPR – which will also be one of the main venues for WOMEX 17, as well as state-of-the-art International Congress Centre (ICC). Two popular and critically-praised festivals are already a part of the musical calendar of the city.

Local Host of WOMEX 17

Throughout Poland cultural and world music festivals; folk, jazz, Jewish culture are celebrated and the Polish presence at WOMEX has been growing steadily in the last years. Local partner for WOMEX 17 in Katowice will be the Polish ICP Group and its subdivision “Poland Concept” who will make dedicated hosts who cherish and understand the concept of WOMEX as much as its message and its community’s principles.

For practical information about the city of Katowice, see our local partner's website:


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