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WOMEX Opens Call for Showcase, Conference and Film Proposals

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WOMEX is launching its annual call for programme proposals, inviting the finest artists, speakers and filmmakers from around the globe to become part of the foremost event in the world music industry calendar - WOMEX 13 in Cardiff, Wales, UK, from Wednesday, 23 to Sunday, 27 October 2013.


Calling all world music artists and DJs...

New talents and established maestros alike are invited to perform at the WOMEX 13 Showcase Festival. The selected acts will showcase in front of the largest gathering anywhere of international world music concert and festival bookers(around 730 at the last edition) - quite possibly the biggest group of potential employers an artist will ever encounter in one place.

Jaron Freeman-Fox (Canada), said of his WOMEX 12 Showcase in Thessaloniki, Greece:

“WOMEX was the finest and most successful overseas debut for my band that I could have ever hoped for! All staff, crew, and delegates were extremely professional, fun, knowledgeable, and of the highest caliber.”

The Showcase Festival (and Conference) selection is made each year by a new group of seven handpicked Jury members - the famous 7 Samurai. In 2012 WOMEX received over 850 artist proposals for around 40 slots.

The deadline for all Showcase proposals is Friday, 12 April 2013.

More on Showcase Festival proposals: www.womex.com/lnk/showcase-proposal

Calling all potential conference speakers & mentors...

Informative, educational and/or controversial speakers from around the world are invited to present their topics, projects and passions to the WOMEX delegates: from basics to backgrounds, from live to recorded, and from roots to visions.

With WOMEX moving to the country where the term world music? was once coined for marketing reasons, proposals highlighting every aspect of the UK scene between folk revival and the soundtracks of the multicultural communities - including the next generation electronic mash-up of it all - are particularly encouraged.

The past, present and future of jazz & world is an all-time favourite at WOMEX too and proposals in this field are welcome.

Plus, experts and luminaries from a wide variety of fields, such as live production & touring, label & publishing, PR, new tools & technologies etc., are invited to offer their advice to WOMEX delegates in two different Mentoring schemes: One-to-One or Round-Table.

The 2012 Conference saw more than 70 speakers and mentors from nearly 30 countries in over 20 Conference and Mentoring Sessions. The Conference programme is compiled in consultation with the WOMEX Jury.

WOMEX 12 Delegate Julian Mosquera Munoz (Colombia), Festival Centro Fundacion Gilberto Alzate Avendano, commented:

“My first time at WOMEX demonstrated to me that all that people had told me was true. WOMEX is an incredible opportunity to get to know music, musicians, music people and could be something addictive.”

The deadline for all Conference proposals is Friday, 12 April 2013.

More on Conference proposals: www.womex.com/lnk/conference-proposal

Calling all music filmmakers...

Talented filmmakers are invited to show their work at the IMZ Film Screenings at WOMEX - the top platform for world music in audio- visual media. The IMZ Film Screenings - presented by WOMEX in cooperation with the IMZ - show outstanding recent documentaries featuring musicians from all around the globe or those focused on music related topics.

The film proposals are independently juried by WOMEX’s long-time partner IMZ - International Music + Media Centre in Vienna, which brings 50 years of experience to the selection process.

“There are some excellent films screened, but always more than I can manage to fit in,” enthuses Simon Broughton (UK), Songlines Magazine.

Last year 17 films from 12 countries were screened at WOMEX 12.

The films from the screening selection can also become part of the World Music Films On Tour programme, a non-profit distribution project aimed at bringing musical diversity in film and video to a wider public.

The deadline for all Film proposals is Friday, 12 April 2013.

More on Film proposals: www.womex.com/lnk/film-proposal


Horizons, a new partnership between the music organisations of England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, will host the ’local stage’ at this year's WOMEX in Cardiff. It will showcase some of the best world music talent from across the British Isles and Ireland.

Artists from these countries who submit a bid to the WOMEX Showcase Festival, will have an additional chance to secure a valuable showcase slot on the Horizons Stage. There is no separate application process. Artists from these Horizons nations not selected for showcase by the WOMEX Jury, will automatically be eligible for consideration for the Horizons Stage, with the selection being made by a panel of Horizons appointed music experts. The best of these will be offered an opportunity to showcase on the Horizons Stage at WOMEX 13 evening venue, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

Horizons members are Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Arts Council Ireland, Culture Ireland, Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales, Creative Scotland and Scottish Music Industry Association. The partnership is supported by British Council.

All forms and information about how to submit Showcase Festival (incl. Horizons Stage), Conference and Film proposals for WOMEX 13 are available online at: www.womex.com/lnk/submit

Deadline for all proposals is Friday, 12 April 2013.

The 18th edition of WOMEX in Thessaloniki, Greece, in October 2012 saw over 2,200 delegates from more than 90 countries, 600 exhibitors, a full conference programme and a showcase festival presenting 61 acts on 8 stages. The next edition of WOMEX will be taking place in Cardiff, Wales, UK, from Wednesday, 23, to Sunday, 27 October 2013.

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