Celebrating creativity and depicting the vast amount of musical diversity the world has to offer, the WOMEX Showcases place the spotlight on thrilling acts from around the globe. Whether they are ground-breaking new talents or established maestros, the Showcases highlight everything from the rediscovery of musical traditions to the very latest in artistic innovation.

With an annual call for proposals, open to any artist, in any country, the programme is put together by the independent and international WOMEX Jury. Five of the members are tasked with selecting the showcases, while our dedicated Club Summit curator, together with the WOMEX team, decides on the Club Summit showcases.

The Call for Proposals for the Showcase Programme in 2024 has been closed.

What is a Showcase? 

The Official Showcase Selection programme is created based on an annual call for proposals. Our independent, international jury - the 7 samurai - then chooses the finale programme. Five of them select the showcases. Rounding up a huge variety of artists, the Official Showcase Selection places special emphasis on newcomers to the international touring circut.

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The WOMEX Club Summit has become a drawcard for professionals and musicians seeking club sounds and electronic music from across the world. Our dedicated Club Summit curator selects the Club Summit showcases together with the WOMEX team.

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The Horizons stage will celebrate the diverse music that comes from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland/Alba and Cymru/Wales – helping talented artists from these nations gain international recognition on the world stage.
The Horizons partnership is supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Culture Ireland, Creative Scotland, Wales Arts International, Arts Council of Wales, British Council and British Underground.

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Amidst the limited number of slots available each year as part of WOMEX's official showcases, offWOMEX provides an additional integrated platform for artists to present themselves and their music to the WOMEX audience attending from around the world.

The offWOMEX Stage in 2023 is supported by UPBEAT, the European Showcase Platform for World Music; The Baltic Culture Fund; Music Information Centre Lithuania; Mundial Montréal, International Indigenous Music Summit, Small World Music and Global Toronto; The Katapult Creative Accelerator Program.

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