Call for Proposals Open for WOMEX 18 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

This year, the World Music Expo will take place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, from 24 to 28 October 2018. All open-minded music professionals, from the worldwide music community are invited to make a proposal to perform as a showcase artistDJ & producer, to present their films or spread their knowledge as a conference speaker or expert mentor. Jazz musicians and professionals are explicitly welcome at WOMEX! Jazz is an important part of our programme as well as of the work of a good part of our attendees.

Proposals can be made over the dedicated webpage:

The deadline for proposals is Friday, 16 March, 2018.



Based on hundreds of proposals in each category, the programme is selected by an independent, international and annually changing jury, the so-called Seven Samurai (2018 jury to be announced in the coming days).

WOMEX is not only the most important meeting in the world music scene but the most diverse music meeting worldwide! Its musical spectrum is unparalleled in the international showcase festival scene, ranging from the most traditional to the new global local underground, embracing folk, roots, jazz, local and diaspora cultures as much as urban and electronic sounds from all over the globe - plus of course all musical juxtapositions of these.

WOMEX explicitly welcomes proposals from all backgrounds and especially encourages proposals which increase the diversity of the international music scene - a diversity of culture, region, gender and more.


More Facts:

Proposals can be made in four categories: Showcases, Club Summit, Film and Conference

Proposal Deadline is Friday, 16 March 2018

Over 2,600 professionals including 300 performing artists come together every October from more than 90 countries.

7 stages, 700+ exhibiting companies, 80 speakers, films, an opening concert and an award ceremony across five packed networking days and rather short nights.

Since 1994 WOMEX has been travelling 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) to Cardiff (2013), Budapest (2015), Santiago de Compostela (2014 + 2016) and Katowice (2017).

The 24th edition of WOMEX will take place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, from Wednesday, 24 to Sunday, 28 October 2018.

Local hosts and partners for WOMEX 18 are Mirmidón and Nordesía.

Registration and stand booking will open in Spring 2018