The most southern WOMEX ever: WOMEX 18 to take place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will become the capital of global music, when WOMEX – the World Music Expo takes place from Wednesday, 24 to Sunday, 28 October 2018, making the 24th edition the most southern WOMEX ever.
A culturally-active hub, global and intercultural exchange comes as second nature to the European Canary Islands, with proximity to the Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa and long-term cultural ties to Latin America, making it the perfect fit for WOMEX 18.
Stretching across the North-eastern corner of Gran Canaria Island, the city offers beaches on both the east and the west side of the town – one of the few cities in the world which has seaside sunrise as well as sunset on display!
The WOMEX 18 main venues are located in the inner city INFECAR exhibition space for the daytime expo and conference and the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus (named after the famous Canarian tenor) for the showcase festival, boasting several state of the art concert halls and a main hall with a glass backdrop that gives way to a wonderful view of the ocean.
Mounted together with local companies as production partners, as well as with the experienced Spanish WOMEX partners Mirmidón and Nordesía, who have already hosted WOMEX editions in 2014 and 2016 in Santiago de Compostela. The event enjoys the full support of the local administrations on all levels: the regional government of Canary Islands (Gobierno), the island's administration (Cabildo de Gran Canaria) and the City Council itself.
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