“There will be an end to this crisis. We should see this pandemic as an opportunity of sorts and accelerate our movement towards the future.”
This is only one of the many inspiring messages we have received while conducting our global survey. The impact of this pandemic on our community has been extremely severe. But one thing remains clear: the WOMEX community is resilient, willing to share and to remain connected and has an inspiring passion to keep moving forward.
Nobody knows how long the on-going situation will continue, together with all the uncertainties and hardships that come with it. At WOMEX, we know that there must be a new industry 'norm' for live events, for the industry as a whole, the artists, managers, stage and sound crews, venues, as well as the existence of live music in a public setting and the culture and energy in which it brings. The 26th edition of WOMEX in Budapest, Hungary, this October will be unlike any other edition, but it will be positive. We will host the live event in these uncertain times because of you and your many positive messages. They spurred us forward into action and we are moving to make it happen. We also have our dedicated local partner to thank for their instrumental and continuous support.
Balázs Weyer of Hangvető, says it best:
"It is not because we don't know if we can do everything, that we should do nothing".
Catering to each member of the WOMEX community lies at the heart of everything that we do. That is why we are currently considering all options to ensure that those who are unable to attend are still able to be a part of the event. It remains too early for details, but rest assured that we are looking into all possibilities and if a realistic and practical way of inclusion can be found on our (and on our local partner's) side, you will be the first to know.
We thank you for your patience, your support and your understanding.
article posted by:Gideon Elfgen, Piranha Arts