A programme by Performing Arts Fund NL to promote Dutch music, theatre and dance abroad.
24 Oct. → 28 Oct. '18Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain

Womex 2018

Together with open source network World Music Forum NL, Dutch Performing Arts is representing Dutch artists and music professionals at WOMEX.
WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry. This annual five-day event will take place in Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), Spain, from 24 – 28 October, 2018. WOMEX – the World Music Expo – is the most international music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films and a showcase festival. Over 2,600 professionals including 300 performing artists come together every October from more than 90 countries, making WOMEX not only the number one networking platform for the world music industry, but also the most diverse music meeting worldwide.

Dutch stands and three Dutch spotlight acts
During the trade fair, you'll find a collection of Dutch stands, representing the Dutch participants.
Dutch Performing Arts also commissioned a Dutch World Stage that will present three Dutch music groups as part of the off-WOMEX showcase: Lingua Franca Ensemble, Tabanka and Son Swagga. Visit the World Music Forum NL website for more information (in Dutch) about the selection process.

Dutch World Stage programme
Date: Thursday 25 October
Venue: offWOMEX, Sala Gabriel Rodó
21.00-21.45: Son Swagga
22.30-23.15: Lingua Franca Ensemble
00.00-00.45: Tabanka

Earlier this year these three acts were also selected to perform on the Dutch World Stage at inJazz, commissioned by Dutch Performing arts and organised by World Music Forum NL. Check out our interviews with Lingua Franca Ensemble and Tabanka for a recap of their previous performance and a preview of their show at WOMEX.

7 stages, 700+ exhibiting companies, 80 speakers, films, an opening concert and an award ceremony across five packed networking days and rather short nights. Since 1994 WOMEX has been travelling 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) to Cardiff (2013), Budapest (2015), Santiago de Compostela (2014 + 2016) and Katowice (2017).

The 24th edition of WOMEX will take place in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, from 24/28 October 2018. Local hosts and partners for WOMEX 18 are Mirmidón and Nordesía.

For more information, visit the WOMEX website.
Dutch Reception at Womex 2017. Photo: Eric van Nieuwland