• 27-31 OCT 2021
  • Porto, Portugal


Extended Conference Sessions in April

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Photo of DJ Zanj Rracc by Isabel Dennis.

Roadmapping The Future Of Online Radio For Global Music

How many online radios can we fit on the internet?

Gaurav Narula (India/Germany), Carlos Borges Ferreira (Portugal), DJ Zanj Rracc (Jamaica), Kutay Derin Kugay (Turkey)

Monday, 26 April 2021, 16:00 - 17:00 CET

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Photo by Sophie Schraml.

Global Club Music Network Meeting

Performance odds for club oriented super-diverse sounds in the corona era

Darius Darek (Poland/Germany)

Monday, 26 April 2021, 17:00 - 18:00 CET

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Photo of Sonjah Stanley Niaah by Joseph Wellington.

Women and Identity in Reggae Music

Choosing to challenge

Sonjah Stanley Niaah (Jamaica), Simone Harris (Jamaica), Tandra Jhagroo (Jamaica), Sevana Siren (Jamaica), Tricia Spence aka 'ZJ Sparks' (Jamaica)

Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 16:00 - 17:00 CET

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Photos of Felipe Álvarez and Alice Whittington by Marie-Charlotte Béja and David D. Barajas

Labels Network Meeting

A brief encounter to exchange our experiences in a global environment

Felipe Álvarez (Colombia), Derek Debru (France/Uganda), Alice Whittington (Australia/UK), Jay Rutledge (USA/Germany)

Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 17:00 - 18:00 CET

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Extended Film Programme in April

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Buster Williams Bass to Infinity (USA)

Directed by Adam Kahan

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Embryo - A Journey of Music and Peace (Germany)

Directed by Michael Wehmeyer

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Growling Mountains (Nepal)

Directed by Aurore Laurent

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Tio Yim (Mexico)

Directed by Luna Maran

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Previous WOMEX Digital Conference Sessions

in alphabetical order


Africa Network Meeting

Working with African music or wanting to find out more about this vibrant continent?
  Music in Africa Foundation, WOMEX

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Africa Rising

New Realities in African Music
  Simon Broughton (UK); Wanlov the Kubolor (Romania/Ghana), Thomas Burkhalter (Switzerland)

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An Ecosystem Lens: Putting Brazilian Music Market Into Focus

Mapping the brazilian music industry and trends for the next decade.
  André Bourgeois (Switzerland/Brazil), Lu Araújo (Brazil/Portugal) and Veronica Pessoa (Brazil/France)

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Asian Network Meeting

Strategy and challenges in creating a pan Asian Music Network.
  Umair Jaffar (Pakistan/Canada), Kaushik Dutta (India)

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Associated Presentation:
For Artistic Freedom

Transcending Boundaries with the Global Action Network and Digital Toolkit
 Sverre Pedersen (Norway) and Paige Collings (UK/Denmark)

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Associated Presentation:
Next Generation Of Folk Music Education

New approaches for folk music education
  Miklós Both (Hungary), Yuriy Rybak (Ukraine), Vilma Timonen (Finland)

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Associated Presentation: Opportunities For The Music Industry In The European Union

Creative Europe Programme & Music Moves Europe preparatory action
 Gábor Mondik (Hungary), Barna Petrányi (Hungary), Zsolt Szokolai (Hungary/Belgium)

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Associated Presentation:
World Music Indigenous Programme Day 2

Trail blazing the new dawn
 Creative Northland; Matariki Cultural Foundation; Sounds Aoteaora; Pacific Underground (supported by TRAC Wales and Piranha Arts)

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Being a Refugee is not a Profession

A visit to the Atelier des Artistes en Exil, WOMEX Professional Excellence Award 2020
 Judith Depaule (France) and Angèle Cossée (France)

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András Lelkes, Martyna Markowksa and Anna Masatova.

Central & Eastern European Network Meeting

Time for increased regional cooperation?
  András Lelkes (Hungary), Martyna Markowska (Poland), Anna Mašátová (Czech Republic)

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Photos by Marilena Umuhoza Delli and Jaka Babnik

Conversation Between Ian Brennan and Chris Eckman

The Grammy-award winning producer and the Glitterbeat Records founder in conversation
 Ian Brennan (USA/Italy) and Chris Eckman (USA/Slovenia)

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Photos by Eric van Nieuwland and Kelemen Gergely

Cooperation in Times of Climate Change

The music industry facing environmental challenges
 Gwendolenn Sharp (France), Amitava Bhattacharya (India), Martyna Markowska (Poland), Natalia Oszkó-Jakab (Hungary)

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Demystifying the Middle East Music Market

Development, labels, royalties & streaming in the Middle East
 Emma Bartholomew (UK), Habib Achour (Tunisia/France), Lara Khoury (UK/Lebanon)

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Diasporas Preserving

Transforming societies through music and culture
 Boima Tucker (Sierra-Leone/USA); Tedra Wilson (USA); Rita Maia (Portugal)

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Photo of Tiina Hill by Digital Culture Network

Digital Culture Network: Getting Started with Online Retail

Learn how to set up an online shop
 Tiina Hill (Finland/UK) and Emma Roberts (UK)

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Festival Network

Get inspired by innovative festivals and share ideas
 Forum of World Wide Music Festivals; Danka Van Dodewaard (The Netherlands); Kobe Leestmans (Belgium)

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Photos by The Seppis, Thandiwe Muriu, Pedro Margherito

Fostering South to South Relations

How to build strong South to South relationships
 Jess White (Australia/South Africa), Flavio de Abreu (Brazil), Anyiko Owoko (Kenya)

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Photo by Carolina Sanchez

Global Latinos 5.0 Network Meeting

Resilience, the art of moving forward
 Catalina Maria Johnson (USA)

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Photo by Szilard Nagyilles

Music Export Offices Network Meeting

Get-together for national and regional music export offices and initiatives
 Balázs Weyer (Hungary)

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Music in
Film and TV

One-to-One Mentoring
 Steph Rushton (Canada/France)

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Innovation in time of crisis
 Reem Kassem (Egypt/UAE) and Silja Fischer (Germany/France)

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Photos by Dominic Tyler, James Allan and Katarzyna Kukielka

No Music on a
Dead Planet

Music Declares Emergency & what music has to do with the climate
 Sam Lee (UK), Chiara Badiali (Switzerland/UK), Ula Nowak (Poland), Dan Raffety (UK)

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Photo by Matariki Festival Trust

Pan Indigenous Network Meeting

Indigenous artists sharing information, relationships and new connections
 Hinurewa te Hau (New Zealand)

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Play Fair!
A Resiliart Debate

For a more fair and sustainable digital world for music
 Keith Nurse (UK/Saint Lucia); Ana Rodriguez (Mexico); Didier Awadi (Senegal); Ni Bing (China); Lydia Rose (Jamaica); Amani Semaan (Lebanon/France)

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Post Brexit Working UK & EU For All Creative Arts Workers

Yes, we can all still work across new borders!
 Ian Smith (UK), Tatjana Domany (Austria), Rog Patterson (UK), Mark Ringwood (UK)

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Photo by Esra Osdogan

Record Labels in a
Changing World

New practices, social activism, emancipation and sustainability
 Seb Bassleer (Belgium); Kornelia Binicewicz (Poland/Turkey); Lewis Robinson (UK)

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Photos by Kavi Bhansali, Julián Umbacia, Yeashu Yuvraj

in the Digital Age

Challenges and benefits
 Divya Bhatia (India), Alejandra Gómez (Colombia), Ritnika Nayan (India)

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The Politics of Music & the Music of Politics

Resistance from Beirut’s experimental music scene
 Wassim Bou Malham (Lebanon); Grégoire Couvert (France); Roy Arida (France/Lebanon); Charbel Haber (Lebanon), Racha Baroud (France/Lebanon)

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Veronika Harcsa, André Marmot and Barak Weiss.

Two Jazz

From uncool to phenomenal, from unknown to international - how the role of jazz was transformed in the UK and in Israel.
  Veronika Harcsa (Hungary), André Marmot (UK), Barak Weiss (Israel)

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Virtual Music and Concerts - An Introduction

How to embrace new opportunities and use them with lasting success
 Frank B. Sonder (Germany)

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What Does The Future Look Like For The Indian Music Industry

 Deborah Smith (UK), Tarun Balani (India), Malini Hariharan (India)

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Photo by Jos van den Broek

Why DIY Music Network Meeting

Inspiring a generation of musicians to DIY
 Nani (Noam Vazana) (Israel/Portugal/The Netherlands)

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Photos by Kavi Bhansali, Julián Umbacia, Yeashu Yuvraj

Why DJ Culture Matters to Global Music

What role do DJs play in breaking electronic sounds?
Emily Dust (UK); Balraj Samrai (UK); Jamz Supernova (UK)

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Photos by Marilena Umuhoza Delli and Jaka Babnik

Welcome & Kick-Off

Meet the teams
 Alexander Walter (Germany) and Balázs Weyer (Hungary)

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