WOMEX Newsletter, 12 December 2016

Thank You for 2016 – Long Live 2017!

As the year comes to a close, we have been reflecting on everything that has happened in 2016, and looking forward to 2017.

We have talked a lot about WOMEX 16 in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain (you can experience or relive a taste of the showcases with our YouTube playlist!), and the successful editions of our WOMEX World Tour and sister events, including the very first edition of Primera Linea in Cuba! Now, we are setting our sights on our next events: remember to save the date for WOMEX 17, 25-29 October 2017 in Katowice, Poland.

And another thank you to everyone who responded to our 2016 Questionnaire – we will use all the information to make the event better for all. And from the respondents we drew a random name: Jane Beese of the Roundhouse, London will receive a free registration for WOMEX 17. Congratulations Jane!

Kind regards from Jim and Paul, on behalf of the whole WOMEX team.

Music for Peace in Colombia

Colombian delegates and showcase artists gave their views on the Colombian scene, connections of music and politics and more at WOMEX 16 – see all of the interviews in our YouTube playlist!

Circulart 2016 Roundup

The latest WOMEX World Tour event was Circulart, which was held in the Colombian city of Medellín, last month from 11-13 November. The event welcomed over 1400 participants, and 38 showcases with artists from Colombia and across Latin America, plus more than 2000 speed meetings (see the picture above!), conferences and workshops.

See a detailed round-up of the event over on virtualWOMEX.

The next edition has already been announced, so mark your calendars for 9-12 November 2017!

Sound of the Xity Call for Proposals

There is one more week to send your showcases proposals to Sound of the Xity 2017: the gateway to China's independent music market. The event will take place from 28 to 30 April 2017.

The selected artists will also perform at the Strawberry Festivals in Beijing and Shanghai, 1-3 May 2017, two of the biggest and most well-renowned music festivals in the country.

Propose your showcase at Sound of the Xity now – deadline is 15 December!!

UNESCO Inscribes Musical Cultures

Last week, seven musical traditions from around the world were inscribed to UNESCO's lists of intangible cultural heritage, from as varied places as Uganda to Cambodia, Saudi Arabia to the Dominican Republic. This also includes three musical traditions that are judged to be critically endangered and in urgent need of safeguarding.

Find details and videos of all the newly-inscribed styles in our virtualWOMEX post.

Be an Early Bird: Classical:NEXT 2017 Registrations Now Open

WOMEX's sister event Classical:NEXT is the annual gathering of all innovators of classical music (and beyond) worldwide, and registrations have just opened for the 2017 edition! The sixth edition will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 17-20 May 2017. The first programme details have already been announced with much more on the way.

Piranhas in the USA (and elsewhere!)

Piranhas love heading all around the world and keeping an ear to the ground of the international music scenes – Piranha Arts CEO Frank Klaffs has just returned from Chengdu, China doing just that! And next year will be no exception. Two of the first events will be held across the Atlantic in the USA, and one in the UK:

  • Director of consultancy and special projects Christine Semba, director of communications Paul Bräuer and Classical:NEXT general manager Fabienne Krause will all be in New York City to attend the ISPA, APAP and globalFEST meetings, 4-13 January 2017;
  • Founding director Ben Mandelson will attend Showcase Scotland in Glasgow, UK, 25-30 January 2017;
  • Ben will also attend Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, 15-19 February 2017, and will speak as part of the Global Roots panel on Saturday, 18 February.
If you are heading to these events and want to meet up with any of these Piranhas, contact them via virtualWOMEX (links above) or simply email

Porto Musical sadly cancelled

It is with deep sadness that Melina Hickson, director of Porto Musical announced the cancellation of its eighth edition, which was planned for February 2017. This year has been a very turbulent year in Brazil. The current situation did not allow to secure financing to guarantee the production of the event. The 1300 showcase proposals and the hundreds of messages of support following the announcement of the cancellation show how important Porto Musical has become within the Brazilian music landscape, a key event for many artists and music professionals. Thank you to all the Porto Musical team for the great work and for trying so hard to make it happen. 

It was also with great surprise and sadness that the music community heard last week about the end of the Festival d'Ile de France due to sudden and drastic budget cuts from the new administration of the region. We will keep you up-to-date with the community's reaction to this news.
Photo credits in order of appearance (top, and left column first): Noura Mint Seymali live at WOMEX 16, by Jacob Crawfurd; Juancho Valencia of Puerto Candelaria; Circulart 2016 speed meetings, courtesy of Circulart; Sound of the Xity, by Killarb; UNESCO logo; Fatima Miranda live at Classical:NEXT 2016, by Eric van Nieuwland; globalFEST logo; Porto Musical 2013, by Beto Figueiroa.
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WOMEX 17 Katowice, Poland | 25 - 28 October 2017

WOMEX is produced by Piranha Arts, Berlin. Local host and partners for the 2017 edition are ICP Group (Poland Culture).

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