What started as a simple independent event back in 1994 has evolved over the past two-and-a-half decades into a global community of music lovers and music makers coming together from around the world, year after year, to connect with new participants, catch-up with old friends, network with peers, and to refresh, discover and re-imagine, united in a readiness to share knowledge and inspiration, and by a passion for music from around the world.
The WOMEX family has grown exponentially over the years - from hosting around 300 professionals at the House of World Cultures in Berlin, Germany in its first year, to a gathering of over 2,700 professionals from ninety-two countries now. And now we see new delegates and new artists, born after that first edition: they come to WOMEX 19 with a lifetime of world music in their ears and minds and repertoires.
Over the last twenty-five years, the music and the music business has evolved - and so has WOMEX. However, one thing that has been constant since our inception is the core intent of celebrating creativity and diversity as a community — supporting ground-breaking new talents and honouring the established maestros; lauding tradition and the innovations to tradition; loving the richness of the rooted local, and the rightful celebration of our global voice.
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article posted by:Francisco Gonçalves Silva, Piranha Arts