Every year, WOMEX kicks off with an Opening night, highlighted by the Opening Concert, which focusses on a specific country or musical region and is curated and produced by experts from that area. It celebrates the start of five bustling days bursting with music, networking and cultural exchange and sets the standard for the rest of the expo.
The WOMEX 19 Opening was staged and directed by internationally-noted choreographer and dancer Kaari Martin, together with composer, musician, producer Roni Martin, renowned for their ensemble Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin.
To commemorate the Opening of the notable 25th-anniversary edition of WOMEX, 2019 four top-notch Finnish acts performed at the Arctic Fire - Pohjoiset tulet opening concert. Pauanne, Pekko Käppi, Suistamon Sähkö and Vildá.