Partners

Budapest Ritmo

Budapest Ritmo festival opens up a musical universe that is guaranteed to take you out of the ordinary. Ritmo welcomes various genres, fusion styles, and unexpected cultural mixes. The lineup represents multiple countries from across continents, with a showcase stage for emerging artists, a professional section with conference discussions, networking events, as well as film screenings, afterparties, and much more. High energy, deep emotions – discover your new favourite sound at Budapest Ritmo world music festival!

PIN Music Conference

PIN is the first and only international music conference and showcase festival in Macedonia. Inspired by the community-building aspects of such events, PIN is an outstanding project of the organiser, “Taksirat” in which they fully and solely invest their capacities and their connections in the industry all around Europe. The goal is to enrich the local music sector by bringing the diversity of best practices, up-to-date knowledge and people who will be part of this development in Macedonia and the Balkan region.

WOMEX

Our next partner needs no introduction: WOMEX, the Worldwide Music Expo is the largest event in world music all year round. With performers, delegates and visitors from every corner of the Earth, WOMEX offers an unmatched opportunity to make business connections. The multi-day event travels from city to city each year, and it is complete with a conference, film screenings, a trade fair, and much more. Every year the prestigious WOMEX Artist Award is given to a performer who has left their mark on world music history.

World Music Festival Bratislava

WMFB is an international festival located in Slovakia, dedicated to world music, traditional music, ethno-jazz and fusions with other genres. Its purpose is to offer a varied line-up in events that animate the historic centre of the city. The festival is colourful, multicultural, and multifaceted, supporting Slovak bands and providing them with room to perform at showcase events, and also presenting top world music performers, bands and projects from abroad. In the programme, besides concerts, one can find dance performances, workshops, films and other accompanying events.

Saules Muzika Festival

International Sun music festival-showcase is dedicated to world, folk, instrumental, traditional, ethno music among other genres. The festival’s aim is to present emerging local and foreign artists to Lithuanian public. The festival consists not only of musical performances, but also includes local community by hosting various educations, masterclasses, discussions and presentations related to world music. 

Folkest

Folkest is an Italian festival incapable of standing still: it is curious about the world and about the artistic experiences from all around the globe. They want to share these experiences with conviction and consistency. Folkest is also a workshop open all year round, often featuring wide-ranging collaborations between artists.

Czech Music Crossroads

The Czech Music Crossroads event is a showcase festival and conference, located on the gigantic ground of a once functional steel factory, in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Featuring music from the Central European region and beyond and inviting expert delegates from all around the world, the award-winning Czech Music Crossroads festival is a unique hub for world and folk musicians, and a real meeting place for world music professionals.

A to Jazz Festival

The International A to JazZ Festival is a remarkable part of the cultural life of Sofia, Bulgaria. Their mission is to spread and promote jazz and improvised music among young people. Founded in 2011 by a young and highly motivated team, with the exclusive support of Sofia Municipality and America for Bulgaria Foundation, the festival traditionally marks the beginning of summer, presenting the best of jazz and beyond artists in the beautiful South park of Sofia city. Every year, the festival park welcomes over 40,000 people with world class headliners’ performances.

Tallinn Music Week

Tallinn Music Week is a multi-genre festival of unique talent across Europe and beyond with diverse genres from experimental electronica to classical. The Estonian festival welcomes the audience in the best venues and clubs of Tallinn. Attended by 20,000 visitors and 1,000 industry professionals, TMW is the key networking event for musicians and music industry professionals of the Nordic-Baltic region and across Europe, with a track record for helping emerging acts break into the international scene.

Hide & Seek Festival

Hide & Seek Festival, organised by the Belgian Muziekpublique, looks for the most unusual places in Brussels and turns them into concert venues. Muziekpublique is a specialist in traditional music from all corners of the world, urging visitors to leave their comfort zone. The event takes festival-goers to unexpected places such as a Freemason temple, a famous soap making manufactory or even a wall climbing hall. This event will surely surprise even those who know Brussels inside out.

Méra World Music Festival

Mera, located close to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, is a meeting place for people, music, different cultures and stories. It’s a festival that the people of Mera are proud of and that arouses the curiosity of visitors. Their main goal is to show the magic of the Kalotaszeg region to the world, while bringing bits of the whole world into the backyards of Mera villagers.

Pannonica Festival

Pannonica is a cultural showcase of the Polish Nowy Sącz region and an affirmation of the diversity, multiculturalism and richness of cultures of the new Europe. It takes place in the charming Poprad valley, on the historic migration route from south to the north of Europe. Pannonica is a place to meet and celebrate contact with the living heritage and nature. It is an authentic, multidisciplinary, non-commercial melting pot full of energy, that brings together a community of enthusiasts of “Pannonian” culture in its many varieties; Hungarian, Balkan, Gypsy and Carpathian.

Waves Vienna

Every year, the Austrian Waves Festival welcomes two countries as special guests. True to the motto “East Meets West”,  the focus countries represent East and West. There is a focus on acts from these countries in the live programme while the Waves Festival Conference devotes a part of its programme to the respective music markets and scenes of these two countries.

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