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WOMEX 19 wrapped up a successful 25th anniversary event

The 25th Anniversary edition of WOMEX, the World Music Expo came to an end on Sunday. Over the course of five days, 23 – 27 October, the event hosted over 2,500 music professionals from 83 countries, more than 60 musical acts with 260 artists representing over 47 countries, 17 music-based documentaries from across the globe, 25 conference sessions with 110 speakers, mentoring opportunities with 8 experts, 20 network meetings and offWOMEX presentations. The WOMEX Academy, in its second year, welcomed the young generation of music professionals consisting of 32 candidates from 15 countries through 3 different projects in partnership with SuCarMus, the World Pitch Programme and the Sibelius Academy. Being held in its northernmost location to date, WOMEX was well-received by the local community and saw the highest participation from the wider Nordic region and Baltic states. The Finnish debut saw first-time exhibitors in the Trade Fair from China, Taiwan and Japan and a record number of Russian and Indigenous delegates. WOMEX was once again a celebration of both diversity and inclusion. WOMEX 19 at a Glance: • More than 2,500 professionals (including 260 performing artists) from 83 countries representing 1,250 companies. • 850 event promoters. • 520 labels, publishers and distributors. • 410 governmental, educational and other institutions. • 660 individual booking agents, 610 managers and 300 producers. • 250 national and international journalists. • A bustling Trade Fair with 670 exhibiting companies from 55 countries at 250 stands. • More than 60 showcase acts with 260 musicians representing 47 countries on 6 stages. • The eighth WOMEX Club Summit • 110 speakers and mentors from 40 countries in 25 conference sessions; 20 network meetings and offWOMEX presentations and 8 expert Mentorings. • 17 music-based documentaries from across the globe divided into Market and Public Screenings alongside a Film Library, with 13 attending filmmakers, producers and artists representing their films. •The Opening concert ‘Arctic Fire – POHJOISET TULET’. • Two WOMEX Awards honouring Kayan Kalhor from Iran/USA; Julie’s Bicycle from the UK. • WOMEX Academy 2019: welcoming the young generation of music professionals this year with 32 fellows from 15 countries through 3 different projects! (From Aruba, Bulgaria, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Nepal, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Serbia!) • The WOMEX Radio Studio organised by NRK (Norway), RBB (Germany), EBU/Euroradio (European Broadcasting Union) and this year’s local media partners Yle (Finnish Broadcasting Company) Read more about WOMEX