offWOMEX and Opening Artists Released

WMX 23 Opening Artists

In about six weeks from now, we are looking forward to welcome you, in person, to the 29th edition of WOMEX, from 25 to 29 October 2023, in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain. As we gear up for the upcoming edition, we are excited to share that the complete WOMEX 23 Showcase Artists lineup is out. The upcoming 29th edition will host 61 artists from 47 countries on 7 stages.

Since 1994, WOMEX has consistently showcased the most exciting and innovative artists from around the world, establishing itself as the premier international gathering for global music professionals. In line with its tradition, this year's event promises to be a remarkable global celebration of diversity, culture, and music, uniting music enthusiasts from across the globe, transcending boundaries, and fostering connections.

The lineup for WOMEX 23 includes an eclectic mix of artists representing a wide range of musical styles and cultural backgrounds. You can listen to all the WOMEX 23 Jury-selected Showcase artists on Spotify and to the playlist of all WOMEX Artist Award recipients on Spotify.

WOMEX 23 Opening: Resounding Picasso
This year -2023 - marks the international celebration of the work and artistic legacy of the Spanish artist for two significant reasons: on the 8th of April it will be the 50th anniversary of Picasso's passing; and, on the 25th of October, this year's WOMEX Opening in A Coruña coincides with the anniversary of Picasso's birth.

To celebrate Picasso's lifetime of continual artistic Innovation, and to honour his deep connection to his homeland — Spain — we will travel the artistic thread of Picasso for the WOMEX Opening evening's line-up with four bands/artists, whilst passing through some key places that marked his childhood and youth: Andalucía, where he was born; Galicia, where he began his artistic journey; and Catalunya, where he held his first exhibition and connected with the most avant-garde artists.

The four artists performing at the Opening evening are:

Caamaño & Ameixeiras (Spain)
Karmento (Spain)
Niño Josele (Spain)
Tarta Relena (Spain)

This year’s Opening is presented by A Coruña City, Xunta de Galicia, INAEM, ICEX-Sounds from Spain and ICEC-Catalan Arts. The artistic direction was done by Marc Lloret (MMVV).

offWOMEX Artists for 2023
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 2023 offWOMEX line-up is:

Almir Meskovic & Daniel Lazar Duo (Bosnia Herzegovina/Serbia/Norway)
Fawn Wood (Canada)
Haratago (France)
Jausmė (Lithuania)
Jinj (Armenia/France)
Júlia Kozáková - Manuša (Slovakia)
Nimkii & The Niniis (Canada)
The Breath (UK)
ZeMe (Latvia)

The offWOMEX Stage 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.

article posted by:Gideon Elfgen, Piranha Arts