WOMEX Newsletter, 15 October 2015 View this email in your browser


Last Call for Sprint Rate and Online Registration

Dear WOMEXicans,

It's getting closer! This time next week, WOMEX will be well underway in Budapest, Hungary - if you still have not registered, do so before Friday, 16 October. After this time, online registration will close and the next chance to register will be on site on Wednesday, 21 October.

We also have updates about this year's Jazz & World programme, Radio Studio, what to do if you want to record at the event as well as how to reach us next week.

Read on for all the details.

Kind regards from your WOMEX team

Last Call for Sprint Rate and Online Registration

This is the last time to secure your registration before the event! You can still book with the Sprint Rate and register online until the end of Friday, 16 October. After this point, our online system will close.

Register online now!

However, if you have not managed to book by then and still wish to, never fear! You can also register on-site at Bálna from Wednesday, 21 October at the Walk-Up Rate!

The Radio Studio Returns

We're pleased to once again host the WOMEX Radio Studio!

Featuring important debates, lively interviews and discussions and even live acoustic sets from showcase artists, the Radio Studio is one of the most exciting places to be – and all delegates are invited to come and sit in to watch the proceedings! Space is limited, but you can see what's happening each day by consulting the schedule, which will be posted near the media counter and outside the WOMEX Radio Studio on Level 1 of Bálna.

This year, the Radio Studio is made possible by MTVA (Hungary), in cooperation with EURORADIO of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and NRK (Norway).

More information (including how to book a spot if you are a broadcaster), on our website

Bank Holidays in Hungary

Please note that Friday, 23 October and Saturday, 24 October are bank holidays in Hungary. Shops, public institutions and some restaurants will be closed. Most museums will be open (please check museum websites for more detailed information).

Transport: holiday schedules will be in effect on Friday 23, so public transport is operational, but less frequent than usual. However, tram line 2 will have extended service during WOMEX, so transport all along the Pest side, between Bálna and Müpa Budapest - Palace of Arts, will be fast and easy. The boat service between the Pest side and A38 Ship is also unaffected by the holiday schedule: this will run every 15 minutes between 23:00 - 4:00 as on every other WOMEX day.

Shops and restaurants: will be closed on Friday, 23 October. Our local partners, Hangvető, have sought out two grocery stores and one petrol station where you will be able to find some essentials. You can find them on this map. Restaurants on Ráday utca in the 9th district will most likely be open. Cigarettes may only be purchased from state-monopoly tobacco stores (on any day), or Nemzeti Dohánybolt - these are also marked on the map.

We will provide regular updates about what these holidays might affect. Stay tuned to our newsletter and be sure to check our Facebook event page and Twitter account for current information.

WOMEX 15 Recognised by UNESCO's Convention on Diversity of Cultural Expressions!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that WOMEX 15 has been recognised by UNESCO as part of the Convention on Diversity of Cultural Expressions! The 2005 Convention aims to, among other goals, protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions; foster interculturality; give recognition to the distinctive nature of cultural activities, goods and services; and create the conditions for cultures to flourish.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Convention and this recognition is a testament to the work of the global WOMEX community in using music and the arts to build bridges; encourage respect; and celebrate cultural heritage and traditions.

Jazz & World at WOMEX

We're proud to announce, for the fifth year, the Jazz & World programme, this year stretching across the schedule, encompassing Showcases, Films and Networking Sessions.

We have Showcases from:

…as well as Jaco, a profile of Jaco Pastorius in our Film programme, and the Europe Jazz Network's annual Jazz & World Network Meeting.

For more information, see our dedicated Jazz & World webpage.

Recording and Photography at WOMEX

If you wish to make audio/audio-visual recordings of WOMEX Showcases, you need a special agreement from us – email us at media[at] and we will send it to you. Once it is signed, you will receive authorisation to use a recording device during a particular performance. Anyone wishing to plug into the mixing desk should also let us know beforehand – the number of outputs is limited.

Please note!

There are specific recording restrictions placed on some of the Showcase concerts. Please contact us for more information.

All delegates are free to create recordings or photographs of the general WOMEX atmosphere (e.g. in the Trade Fair Hall) without a special agreement from WOMEX. Our three official photographers will also be at WOMEX 15 - if you are in need of photos, get in contact with them to discuss terms. 

How To Reach the Team in Budapest

We've packed the essentials and we're off! We will head to Budapest over the weekend to put the finishing touches on our preparations for WOMEX 15. Our contact details in Budapest are:

Email: womex[at]
Phone (production office at Bálna): +36 1 2100804 or +36 1 2100806

Have a safe journey. We look forward to seeing you!

Look Out for The Budapest Observatory on the WOMEX 15 Bag

We are big fans of the Budapest Observatory. In particular we are fans of their use of quantifiable approaches to analyse concrete information and data about cultural life, financing and policy in Central Eastern Europe (CEE) in order to assist the cultural sector and support the flow of culture and traditions within and across borders.

The Observatory aims to facilitate research, collect, analyse, compare and provide information, establish contacts in areas that include the financing of culture, cultural policy, legislation and statistics in CEE (covering about twenty states between the Baltic and Adriatic Seas). The main activities of Observatory include conducting research studies, organising events, conferences and seminars, lobbying at European level (EU institutions) and global level and providing information to cultural sector.

To acknowledge and recognise the vital work that the Observatory does in supporting and proliferating culture in CEE, we have partnered with the organisation in 2015 and will feature them on the WOMEX 15 bag, distributed to all delegates. We feel that their work strongly aligns with and underscores our goal of promoting cultural understanding and hope to bring it to the attention of the international WOMEXican community.

Look out for their logo on the WOMEX 15 bag and head to their website to find out more about what they do. 

Photo credits in order of appearance (left column first): Martin Lubenov's Jazzta Prasta by Nedelcho Georgiev; WOMEX 14 Trade Fair by Yannis Psathas; WOMEX 14 Radio Studio by Eric van Nieuwland; Horomona Horo at WOMEX 13 by Jacob Crawfurd.
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WOMEX 15 Budapest, Hungary | 21 - 25 October 2015

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