Dear worldwide music lovers,

Our Call for Proposals deadline is fast approaching – Friday, 16 March 2018! To be a part of the programme for WOMEX 18, submit your proposals by midnight via our application portal.

From innovation to tradition, acoustic to electronic, inclusive of all sectors and expertise, we welcome and encourage proposals representing the entire world music scene, independent of gender identity, region or background.

In other news we’re heading back to Austin, Texas for SXSW and have announced the lineup for WOMEX Night at SXSW. As well as returning to CPH:DOX in Copenhagen to present two films as part of the International Documentary Film Festival. Read on for more information.

your WOMEX team.
The Deadline for Proposals is midnight Friday, 16 March 2018

WOMEX Supports Gender Equality and Diversity

WOMEX has always supported diversity and equality in all its forms. Our Call for Proposals is currently open and we encourage all identifying women to propose as we encourage all people of all backgrounds and gender. With this in mind, we would like to share with you the following detailed figures about our own processes and statistics for WOMEX, alongside some initiatives as positive examples in the fight for cultural diversity and improved gender balance, that from the start has been a driving force for the global WOMEX community.

We endorse and support the following initiatives who are proactively addressing gender inequality in music: Please send us your specific initiatives that you would like to see through our channels as well.

Find statistics and insights regarding WOMEX and gender equality

Please help us work towards a better level of gender equality and diversity in the music business by encouraging all players in our sector to overcome the current imbalances. Submit your showcase, conference and film proposals today!

WOMEX Night at SXSW 

Heading to SXSW? We’ve just announced the lineup for this year’s  WOMEX Night at Flamingo Cantina on Thursday, 15 March.   
Presenting seven diverse acts from around the globe get the set times and more information and lineup up below.

WOMEX Night at SXSW 
Pierre Kwenders (DR Congo/Canada)
Yemen Blues feat. Omer Avital(Israel/USA)
Alsarah & the Nubatones(Sudan/USA)
La Cuneta Son Machin (Nicaragua)
Mokoomba (Zimbabwe)
Bohemian Betyars (Hungary)
DJ Jigüe and El Menor (Cuba)

We will also be at the World Music Meet Up earlier in the day, a session for networking with all aspects of the world music community. Head over to the Austin Convention Center, to take part 12:30 – 13:30.

Piranha Arts CEO Frank Klaffs and Dimitra Zina from the Piranha Records communications  team, will be heading to Austin, so get in touch with them via virtualWOMEX if you want to connect.


In more on the road news, we’ll be back at CPH:DOX, the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival. Showcasing  the best and brightest in contemporary non-fiction, art cinema and experimental film, WOMEX will be co-presenting two music documentaries in Copenhagen this year:
The Stranger Sound of Happiness and Looking for Oum Kulthum.
Also featured as part of the official programme, is Ethiopiques, which saw its market screening at WOMEX in Katowice last year.

Want to connect? Our Head of FilmLuca Jacob Borkowsky will be at CPH from 21 – 24 March.