WOMEX Newsletter, 09 June 2016

First WOMEX 16 Conference Sessions Revealed – and don't miss the Smart Rate!

Summer is beginning to arrive at WOMEX HQ in Berlin, but we're getting excited about October! We can now announce the very first programme of WOMEX 16, which will be held in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, 19-23 October 2016 – some of the conference sessions looking at burning topics and solutions for the future of world music. Read below for more information.

Please also be aware that the Smart Rate deadline is 23:59 CET on Friday, 17 June. If you want to attend WOMEX 16, you can get the very best price by registering before this time – prices will increase afterwards. You can register online now!

Read on for details of special deals for WOMEX delegates, confirmed WOMEX 16 venues, and updates from the WOMEX World Tour, plus more.

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

Psst! We will be revealing our first lot of WOMEX 16 showcase artists on Wednesday, 22 June – keep your eyes peeled!

WOMEX 16 Conference Brings Speakers from Around the World

The first programme elements of WOMEX 16 are here! Nine conference sessions have now been announced, with speakers from 21 countries and with topics ranging from the recording industry and education to identity and censorship, as well region-specific sessions covering topics regarding East Africa, Asia and the Arab world. Speakers will represent organisations such as The OrchardPopakademie Baden-WürttembergFreemuse and Kolkata International Music Festival.

Also announced today is that Spotify, represented by Engineering Lead Jonathan Marmor, will host an interactive "Un-Conference" – a open workshop format in which attending delegates and other players from the digital sector will create concrete solutions to pressing challenges.

You can see a full list of currently-announced WOMEX 16 conference sessions on our website, with links to virtualWOMEX event pages (where you can find abstracts, speakers and photos). More sessions and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks, so watch this space! 

Delegate Discounts on Travel and Accommodation

Need to fly to Santiago de Compostela for WOMEX 16? WOMEX delegates can now get a 10% discount on flights by Iberia! Find out how to redeem this promotion by visiting the WOMEX website.

WOMEX delegates can also get a 10% discount on Santiago de Compostela hotel rooms, but this offer only lasts until Smart Rate, 17 June! See a list of hotels with booking links at the Santiago Turismo website.

Venues Confirmed for WOMEX 16

In addition to the daytime venue Cidade da Cultura, we are now able to confirm the nighttime venues for WOMEX 16! There will be six stages across five venues dotted around Santiago de Compostela's beautiful old town – all within close walking distance – as well as the Opening venue a little further out. The full list of venues is:

  • Auditorio de Galicia – Opening
  • Auditorio Abanca – Theatre Stage & Closing
  • Praza da Quintana – Twin Stages
  • Teatro Principal – Atlantic Connections
  • Salón Teatro – offWOMEX
  • Sala Capitol – DJ Summit
WOMEXicans who attended our previous edition in Santiago two years ago will feel right at home – the venues are the same as last time. You can see all the venues, as well as key transport links at our WOMEX 16 Google Map, and visit our website for more details. The nighttime film screening venue will be announced soon.

BIME 2016, October 26-29, Bilbao/Spain (AD)

BIME is a European conference festival for music, tech, marketing and new ideas. Now in its fourth edition, BIME has hosted executives and visionaries from across the globe to network and explore new revenue, with a special focus on opening up the Latin and South American market. BIME has 3 major events:
  • BIME PRO: a three-day professional congress with almost 1,800 delegates from 18 countries in 2015;
  • BIME LIVE: a two-day music festival with 20,000 attendants
  • BIME CITY: Concert and Film activities in the city.
BIME Pro organises the unique Congress of Spanish Music festivals that gathers repre-sentatives from 100 festivals. BIME has already announced part of its programme, with the first key players and buyers within live, tech, sync, advertising and gaming markets. Don’t miss BIME!
The Smart Rate deadline is 23:59 CET, Friday, 17 June – register now!

Get Seen! Sponsor the WOMEX 16 Bag

Do you want to get the maximum exposure for for organisation or project at WOMEX 16? The WOMEX bag is given to all delegates and is often used all-year-round – and your logo can be included on it! This is an exlusive opportunity (once it is gone, it's gone) and the deadline to order is Friday, 24 June. To discuss details, simply drop us an email. Find an additional list of 23 ways to promote your organisation at WOMEX here (PDF).

WOMEX World Tour Journeys the Globe

There has been lots of WOMEX World Tour activity in the last few months! April saw the Atlantic Music Expo in Cabo Verde and Sound of the Xity in China – both world music expos that are the most important in their regions; and at the end of May was the fifth edition of Classical:NEXT in the Netherlands, the international meeting for the contemporary art music world.

Situated in the wonderful surrounds of Praia, Cabo Verde, the fourth edition of Atlantic Music Expo (AME) hosted a bustling open-air trade fair and conference programme, and 32 showcase performances from Cabo Verde and around the world. A total of 520 delegates, exhibitors and media from 37 countries were in attendance. The 2017 edition will take place 10-13 April 2017.

Here is what some AME attendees are saying: “It is by far the best organised event in Africa. The delegated selection as well as the artists is great and diverse.” Grégoire Pluchet, Universal Music West Africa; "AME became a must attend professional event, which every year contributes to develop cultural exchanges.” Mamou Daffé, Festival sur le Niger/Arterial Network, Mali. Many more media impressions from AME can be found on their Facebook page.

The Sound of the Xity (SOTX) expo and conference in Beijing, China attracted around 1000 visitors and for the second time, SOTX also had its own stage at the Strawberry Festivals in Beijing and Shanghai, where it showcased 40 international artists from 12 countries to enthusiastic thousands-strong audiences.

Classical:NEXT, which has just passed, saw its largest edition yet, with over 1000 registered delegates decending on Rotterdam. There were 1,200 professionals from 45 countries in attendance, as well as 155 performing artists (not including the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra!). You can see a run-down of the event, as well as impressions and numbers, in the final Classical:NEXT 2016 press release. Classical:NEXT 2017 will return once again to Rotterdam, from 17-20 May 2017.

Upcoming Stops on the WOMEX World Tour

The next stopover for the WOMEX World Tour will be Primera Linea in Havana, Cuba, from 14-17 September 2016. This debut edition will be part of Habanarte and its main location will be the newly-renovated Gran Teatro just opposite the Havana Capitol. Our local hosts Endirecto have just opened their new main office in the building of Havana’s legendary Abdala Studios, and kicked-off the local countdown with a big party on the last Saturday of May. If you want to join us for Primera Linea, take a look at the event's website. More information on Primera Linea and Circulart, Medellín, Colombia, 11-13 November 2016, will follow – see the WOMEX World Tour at for more info.

Photo credits in order of appearance (top, and left column first): WOMEX 16 conference speaker Kabubi Herman (Uganda), by Kibuuka Oscar; WOMEX 15 Conference, by Eric van Nieuwland; Santiago skyline, courtesy of Santiago Turismo; WOMEX 14 Opening, by Yannis Psathas; BIME PRO graphic; WOMEX 15 bags, by Jacob Crawfurd; Sound of the Xity 2016 showcase, courtesy of SOTX/ Modernsky.
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WOMEX 16 Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain | 19 - 23 October 2016

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