The 33rd EBU World Music Workshop, held on 24 October in Las Palmas (Canary Islands) during Womex, was once again packed with amazing stories, hot socio-political issues and illustrious guests. Among them were a group of West African music professionals, including the promoters of the legendary “Open Mik” festival, which made history when it helped democracy succeed in The Gambia. An introduction to music in the Canary Islands as well as a polyphony archiving project from the Ukraine were also on the agenda.
Launched in 1985, the annual EBU World Music Workshop (WMW) highlights the importance of this fast-growing genre by offering EBU Radio organizations the opportunity to exchange multicultural music, experiences and projects. The WMW is always held in conjunction with Womex, the internationally famous fair dedicated to World and Roots Music.
As part of the WMW, a unique partnership is put in place each year among EBU Members at the Womex venue, with a studio for live broadcasts, sessions and interviews. Many of the Womex concerts are recorded and offered on the Euroradio network.
Euroradio also supports the invaluable World Music Charts for Europe (WMCE), as well as a World Music act for the annual live broadcast of the Prix Italia award ceremony.