Santiago de Compostela: WOMEX 16 – the 22nd edition of the most important meeting for international music professionals – ended on a high note today in Santiago de Compostela’s Auditorio Abanca, as three tireless innovators in the world of music were recognised as part of the WOMEX Awards.
WOMEX returned to Santiago de Compostela for the second time in three years this October with more than 2,400 music professionals from 95 countries taking over the Galician city for five days and nights. Over the course of intense media coverage, WOMEX was proclaimed “the music Olympics” by El Tiempo Colombia among others, and Martiño Noriega, the Mayor of Santiago expanded: “Santiago is the capital city of Galicia, and also these days the capital of music. WOMEX is already an important part of our history as a city that loves music and that represents itself in the diversity of its rhythms from all over the world.”
WOMEX Director Alex Walter reflected: “It was, again, a great pleasure to work in Santiago and with our friends at Nordesía Producións. It was a privilege to be welcomed here and we are spoiled by moving from Santiago to Katowice for WOMEX 17, from one city fully dedicated to music to another.”
The WOMEX Trade Fair was the biggest ever at a World Music Expo – 717 companies and institutions, exhibiting at 291 stands. WOMEX 16 showed that its community of devoted global music professionals do not only make cross-cultural business: many of the national delegations present used the WOMEX platform to convey strong messages of peace and collaboration, ranging from the Colombian peace movement to plans for post-Brexit collaborations.
After a much praised edition in 2014, WOMEX 16 was held in the same venues, with the impressive hilltop Cidade da Cultura hosting the daytime Conference and Trade Fair. In the nighttime, the old town theatres of Santiago held the WOMEX Showcase Festival and the newly-inaugurated WOMEX Film Nights.
The 2016 edition equalled the attention of the 2014 edition in Santiago in terms of delegate numbers. Altogether, more than 2,400 professionals – not including performing artists – represented 95 countries at WOMEX this year.
WOMEX 16 was realised by Piranha Arts, Berlin (who turn 30 in January), together with the local partner Nordesía Producións, with whom they also collaborated in 2014. The event was made possible by the kind support and funding of the Council of Santiago de Compostela, the Deputación da Coruña (a province of A Coruña Government) and the Galician Government.
Antonio Martinez of Nordesía Producións said: “We are very honoured to be part of WOMEX for a second time on our 20th anniversary. And we are also very happy to bring WOMEX to Santiago de Compostela again, welcome all the WOMEXicans to our beloved city and make our small contribution to promote the diversity in our country, and our culture in the rest of the world.”
The next edition of WOMEX will be held 25-29 October 2017 in Katowice, Silesia, Poland. See below for more information.