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WOMEX gathers over 2 500 participants from almost hundred countries at Tampere Hall

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. The city of Tampere and Tampere Hall as the main event location, have the honor to host the expo this year. Tampere Hall, established in 1990, is the largest conference and concert centre in the Nordic countries. WOMEX celebrates its 25th anniversary in Tampere. This is a significant accomplishment as it marks a quarter of a century in the music business and celebrates a prosperous future in the global music market. Over 2 500 professionals come together from almost 100 countries. This makes WOMEX not only the number one networking platform for the world music industry, but also the most diverse music meeting worldwide. At Tampere Hall, there is a record of 250 exhibitors at the trade fare. The musical spectrum of WOMEX is unparalleled in the international showcase festival scene, ranging from the most traditional to the new global local underground, embracing folk, roots, local and diaspora cultures and urban and electronic sounds from all over the globe as well as all musical juxtapositions of these. Jazz and classical are also included.


  • more than 60 musical acts with more than 260 artists representing 47 countries
  • 6 stages, 17 music based documentaries from across the globe
  • 25 conference sessions, mentoring opportunities with 9 experts including 3 roundtable and 5 one-to-one mentoring sessions
  • 15 network meetings
  • 5 offWOMEX presentations and Discovery Sessions format that aims to give a glimpse of the diverse sounds and scenes of Finland in four 10-minute presentations.
More information: WOMEX the World Music Expo Together with WOMEX’s parent company Piranha Arts AG, WOMEX 19 is realised with Rockadillo Production Oy as the main local partner. The event is supported by Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, City of Tampere and Visit Tampere, and Music Finland as the strategic partner. Text: Anne Sivula Photo: Frente Cumbiero Showcase WOMEX 2018, credits: Yannis Psathas