Second Round Of Conference Programme and Speakers Confirmed

Shoshona Kish by Skye Polson

After confirming our first round of nine Conference Sessions last month, WOMEX announces nine more exciting sessions today upping the total to eighteen with a few more left to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Nordic Lessons on the Foundations of Gender Balance

Gender balance is no longer a discussion topic, but an actuality. Four of the Conference Sessions announced today are not only presented by an all-women panel, they address the gender imbalance and issues in the music business, sharing knowledge on how to adapt, learn and find solutions together. The Nordic Lessons on the Foundations of Gender Balance, chaired by Helen Sildna, founder of Tallinn Music Week, will discuss the Nordic way to deal with equality, plurality and gender balance. Finding Success Through Failure will be a discussion highlighting the experiences of female professionals in the music industry, followed by an interactive exchange with the audience, moderated by Melina Powell, director for the LA chapter of, a global network of women working in the music industry. ShoShona Kish (artist and recipient of the WOMEX Professional Excellence Award 2018) will host a session on The Global Sound of Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence: an all-women panel discussing Indigenous music as a powerful instrument of cultural resurgence and resistance, both carrying forward the tradition and innovating new sound.

Some of the new speakers added to the list are:
• Kimmo Aulake (Finland), Ministry of Education and Culture
• Alexandra Archetti Stølen (Norway), Oslo World Music Festival
• Karen Nyame (UK), Foundation FM / Red Bull Music UK
• Simon Broughton (UK), Songlines

To see the complete list of conference sessions announced so far, please click below.

10th Anniversary Celebration for Women of the World and Other Network Meetings:

The Network Meetings are the part of the WOMEX Conferences that encourage and offer an opportunity for new and pre-existing worldwide networks of world music professionals to connect, discuss, share and work together. Whatever your interest may be, or whatever opportunities you might be looking for, for yourself, or for your artists or business, there’s something for everyone.

Among the Network Meetings confirmed today are the Festival Network Meeting catering to festivals from all around the world to get to know and share with each other; the Women of the World Networking Meeting will celebrate their 10th-anniversary and toast how far women in the music industry have progressed over the past 10 years, while recognizing the challenges that they still face; and the World Routes Network Meeting, a meeting for Canadian presenters. All the Network Meetings are open to all delegates.

article posted by:Francisco Gonçalves Silva, Piranha Arts