WOMEX 18, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 24–28 October 2018
Berlin/Las Palmas de Gran Canaria:

After announcing the complete lineup for the Opening: Tránsitos Atlánticos, Showcase Festival, entire Film Programme and revealing all the recipients for the WOMEX Awards for this year, the organisers, Piranha Arts, today confirmed the full Conference Programme including the Network Meetings, offWOMEX Presentations and the Mentoring Programme hence concluding the full programme for WOMEX 18.Over the course of three days, the 24th edition of WOMEX 18, will host more than 60 musical acts with more than 300 artists representing over 50 countries, 16 films from across the globe, 30 conference sessions, mentoring opportunities with more than 60 experts including 4 roundtable and 5 one-to-one mentoring sessions, 18 network meetings and offWOMEX presentations.

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Opening: Tránsitos Atlánticos​
Showcase Festival
Conference Programme
Film Programme
WOMEX Awards

Final Conference Sessions Confirmed

With the last four conferences announced today, the final conference programme now stands complete with topics covering all areas of the world music scene, from industry – to geographically-focused.Equal Opportunity will focus on women, ethnic diversity and other gender minorities, chaired by Sonya Mazumdar (India). Sync Your Sound, chaired by Christin Kunick (Germany), will introduce you to the music supervisors from two different fields – films and ads. This will be the playground where you can – meet, greet and network with two global players of sync – Pia Hoffmann (movies) and Markus Linde (ads). Out on a Limb will inject relevance into global club music, chaired by Benjamin Lebrave (France/Ghana), bringing together players from both sides of the divide, at three crucial levels of the industry: live, digital and PR.

To see the complete list of conference sessions announced so far, please check here.

Folk Music Collection and other remaining network meetings confirmed

The Network Meetings which are a part of WOMEX conferences encourage and offer an opportunity for new and pre-existing worldwide networks of world music professionals to come together, connect, discuss, share, network and work together.Completing this year’s 18 network meetings are IMMF Network Meeting where one gets to meet the International Music Managers’ Forum (IMMF) and their national country chapters. DIY Network Meeting sharing smart strategies from the DIY music community. WOMEX Education Network Meeting, a meeting place for all WOMEX delegates with interest in music education. Networking for the Classically-Inclinedis a network meeting powered by Classical:NEXT. African Network Meetingfocusses on working with African music and finding out more about the African continent. The complete list is available on the website.

Two offWOMEX presentations confirmed are Time to Act: The European Agenda for Music and Creativity as Vectors for Job creation and Identity Building. The former presentation will advocate for a strong, fair, innovative and diverse music sector while the latter will discuss the new EU Programmes for creative and music industries in the PALOP+ACP areas.

Roundtable and One-to-One Mentoring Sessions

Roundtable mentoring brings free personalised advice from the specialists and allows to exchange with peers in 45-minute Roundtable sessions. And, one-to-one mentoring allows 15-minute consultation with any of the five expert mentors from a variety of fields and occupations, free of any charge.Some of the topics featured this year are The Need and Success of Mentorship Among (female) PeersArtists Without Borders: A Guide to Touring North AmericaCreating a Platform for your AudienceHow to Connect with the Chinese Music Market?How to Develop Yourself as a Professional Artist/Band?Your Head Is on Fire! – Burnout and Coming BackThe complete list is available online.

Full Conference Programme
Since all of our artists have been announced – it’s time to get their music to you.

You can stream tracks from the official WOMEX 18 Spotify playlist or just email usand we will send you a personal download code for the audio from virtualWOMEX. This is for press use only.

In addition, all WOMEXicans attending this year will receive the physical WOMEXimizer album in their delegate bag.

Photo credits in order of appearance (top to bottom): Header, top and bottom press section photo by Yannis Psathas, second position press photo by Eric van Nieuwland,
WOMEX is “The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers.” UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural DiversityAcknowledged as the most international hub of all professional music meetings worldwide in general, and as the most important annual gathering of the global music community in particular, the 23rd edition of WOMEX brought over 2,600 professionals, including 300 performing artists, from over 90 countries altogether to its 2017 host city, Katowice, Silesia, Poland.More than 60 acts on 7 WOMEX Showcase Festival stages including the Opening Concert; 717 exhibiting companies at the Trade Fair; more than 80 speakers and mentors at the Conference; Film Screenings and the Award Ceremony made for 5 packed networking days and rather short nights.Since its first edition in 1994, WOMEX has been roaming all across Europe from Berlin (1994), via Brussels (1995), Marseille (1997), Stockholm (1998), Berlin (1999 + 2000), Rotterdam (2001), Essen (2002 + 2004), Newcastle (2005), Sevilla (2003 + 2006-2008), Copenhagen (2009-2011), Thessaloniki (2012), Cardiff (2013), Budapest (2015), Santiago de Compostela (2014 + 2016), and Katowice (2017).

In 2018, WOMEX will take place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, 24 – 28 October.

WOMEX is produced by Piranha Arts, Berlin. Local host and partners for WOMEX 18 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are Mirmidón and Nordesía Producións

The Piranha event portfolio also includes Classical:NEXT, the global meeting for all art music innovators (next edition Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 15 – 18 May 2019);…

…plus worldwide consultancy & special projects such as Primera Linea (Havana, Cuba) and Circulart (Medellín, Colombia).

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