Womex is the biggest event on the global music scene. It is a trade fair, a music festival, a conference, a review of music documentaries and an awards ceremony, all rolled into one.
This year, organizers have received more than 1,600 entries for groups looking to perform, and a seven-member jury will decide who the lucky ones will be.
A separate stage will be set up to make room for regional bands as well, plus musical traditions and works inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists will be included too.
Womex20 will take place from October 21 to October 25, and organizers say they expect the event to attract more than 2,500 foreign participants: artists, professional exhibitors and journalists, and representatives of cultural institutions.
Hungary’s Hangvető is organizing the festival with its strategic partner CAFE Budapest Contemporary Art Festival at the same venues used in 2015, including Müpa, Bálna and the A38 boat.
According to Balázs Weyer, program director at Hangvető, Womex can help boost the local music industry and open a window to talent in the region.