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Opening Doors, Opening Ears: City of Music Katowice Welcomes WOMEX to Poland

(lifePR) (Katowice, ) The 23rd edition of WOMEX – the World Music Expo was launched in style on Wednesday night in Katowice, Silesia, Poland, with an official Opening Concert in the city's state-of-the-art concert hall NOSPR. The evening of Polish music featured groups Kapela Maliszów, Lautari and VOŁOSI live on stage together with the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra.
As the most diverse showcase festival worldwide and the most important market for global music, WOMEX 17 welcomes delegates coming from more than 90 countries, who will make Katowice the definitive centre of the global music scene during the next five days.
The professionals come to the southern Polish city to network, watch and meet rising international talent and transfer knowledge and projects all across the world, all the while exploring the local music scene of Silesia, Poland and neighbouring regions and countries. This duality of global and local is reflected in the musical programme: the event starts with an opening night that is traditionally dedicated to the music of the host region, and the artistic offerings expand over the next four days to encompass 60 acts from all continents, performing styles from the very traditional to the latest urban styles and all manner of fusions.WOMEX Opens with Pieces of Poland

The official WOMEX Opening Concert was dedicated this year to the roots and shoots of Polish folk music's past, present and future. Three of the region's most forward-thinking folk ensembles collaborated on their own compositions with the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra, as they became the first Western art orchestra to grace the WOMEX stage. The artists that performed were:

AUKSO Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marek Mos
Kapela Maliszów

The Mayor of the City of Katowice, Marcin Krupa, led the speeches at the event, reinforcing the host city's impressive musical heritage, saying:

"Katowice was not chosen as a WOMEX host city accidentally. For almost two years we have now been a part of the prestigious UNESCO Cities of Music Network. It proves that the strategy of the city and our investment in culture has become beneficial. Katowice has been recognised by UNESCO for the great variety of its music scene and its vast classical tradition. I believe WOMEX is going to be a great opportunity for all of us to learn one from another."

WOMEX director Alex Walter added to the sentiment:

"There is a change happening in this city which you can see, it is becoming one of the leading creative hubs of Poland and WOMEX is proud to be a part of this story. The jury and we have managed to put together a very wide and wonderful programme this year. It is always our aim to promote cultural diversity."

The WOMEX 17 Opening was supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.
WOMEX 17 in Katowice sees the biggest WOMEX Trade Fair yet. Read on for the first facts and figures...

Katowice Sees the Biggest WOMEX Trade Fair Yet

The doors to WOMEX 17 opened at Katowice's International Congress Centre (ICC) yesterday, with the largest WOMEX Trade Fair ever – around 700 exhibitors on almost 300 stands will make the Trade Fair the hub of the international music scene with delegates from 90 countries engaging in conversations, meetings and introductions galore.

In addition to the Trade Fair, WOMEX once again brings a conference programme focussed on industry topics such as how music can push forward social engagement and diversity. The always-popular showcase programme features a line-up of some of the world's most hotly-anticipated artists, presenting exciting new avenues for hundreds of programmers and promoters.

Relatively new formats will also return to WOMEX for 2017, such as the EBU Radio Studio sessions and the Film Programme, featuring market screenings and nighttime public screenings including international premieres. An exciting addition is the daytime Film Library, an archive of music documentaries ready to be discovered on demand in the Conference area.

All of this programme will start of tomorrow and be concluded by the Sunday WOMEX Awards, this year honouring Czech journalist Petr Dorůžka, German record label Glitterbeat and the great Malian singer and activist Oumou Sangaré, who will perform live on stage to close the show with a bang.

About WOMEX WOMEX is "The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers." UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

Acknowledged as the most international hub of all professional music meetings worldwide in general, and as the most important annual gathering of the global music community in particular, the 22nd edition of WOMEX brought over 2,400 professionals and more than 60 musical acts from 79 countries altogether to its 2016 host city, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia Spain.

More than 60 acts on 7 WOMEX Showcase Festival stages including the Opening Concert; 717 exhibiting companies at the Trade Fair; more than 80 speakers and mentors at the Conference; Film Screenings and the Award Ceremony made for 5 packed networking days and rather short nights.

Since its first edition in 1994, WOMEX has been roaming 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), Cardiff (2013), Budapest (2015) and Santiago de Compostela (2014 + 2016).

In 2017, WOMEX takes place in the UNESCO City of Music Katowice, Silesia, Poland from 25 - 29 October.

WOMEX is produced by Piranha Arts, Berlin. Local host and partners for WOMEX 17 in Katowice are ICP Group (Poland Concept).

The Piranha event portfolio also includes Classical:NEXT, the global meeting for all art music innovators (next edition Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 16 - 19 May 2018); plus worldwide consultancy & special projects such as:

- Circulart (Medellín, Colombia, 2 - 5 November 2017)
- Primera Linea (Havana, Cuba, 27 - 30 November 2017)
- Atlantic Music Expo (Praia, Cabo Verde, 4 - 7 April 2018)