SEVILLE (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — It was Another record year for WOMEX: The 13th edition saw registrations up 10%; 20% more trade fair stands, 25% more exhibiting companies, Conferences, Film Screenings and 52 Showcase acts with 350 artists from 42 countries on 5 stages.
More than 2,800 delegates from all over the world gathered for the 5 day event. For the first time the nightly music showcases were held in the city center, with two events at the Teatro Lope de Vega/Casino de la Exposición and another two events held under large tents in the Plaza de España.
This year, WOMEX partnered with the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Fundación Tres Culturas in promoting the objectives of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, a project initiated by Spanish President José Luis Zapatero to, he said in a mission statement, "increase awareness to the risks that a wall of misunderstanding may arise between the West and the Arab/Islamic world."
"These are hard times in the music industry," noted Gerald Seligman, WOMEX General Director, "And perilous times for the world at large. There is great need to keep this multi-national, cross-cultural community alive. We at WOMEX work hard to provide the time, the place and the platform to help keep this community thriving. And you, all you delegates provide the toil and dedication, you make it all happen. Thanks to your efforts, there are more artists from more cultures touring than ever before in history." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers