Newsletter #3 September 2018

I am Araceli Tzigane. Welcome to our September newsletter. It is launched with a little delay because, in this meantime, a new Mapamundi member arrived to our lifes.

Sherezade is on maternity leave but she came today with her new son and allowed me to take this funny picture of them for the newsletter. Congratulations, Shere!

 Shere training her two weeks old boy for the hard work of world music –> 

In parallel, fair season arrived, so we pay attention to some ones that we have already mentioned in previous editions and a couple more.

We also start a series of mini interviews with directors of festivals, in the search of the new challenges that the festivals are facing nowadays and in the near future. We are grateful for the answers we have had so far and we’ll send all of them in this and the succeeding newsletters.

I hope you’ll find it useful. And if you have any suggestion of contents for next editions, let us know. Thanks for your attention.

Araceli Tzigane – +34 676 30 28 82

Summary: upcoming fairs, mini interviews with festivals directors, new events included on #TremendAgenda.

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Buyers and sellers have many occasions for business during Autumn
Many professional fairs and showcases festivals have emerged in recent years. Only time will say if it’s a bubble or a sustainable development path. In the meantime, the world music community doesn´t have time for getting bored. These are just a few of the options for gathering.
** Do you manage a professional fair and want us to talk about it? Get in touch with us **

Fira Mediterrània de Manresa, in Catalonia, celebrates its 21st edition. Many local proposals as well as a few carefully selected international performers, plus professional conferences, speed datings, a business area… in the charming environment of the city of Manresa. In this edition Mapamundi Música presents the Polish-Catalan collaboration of Janusz Prusinowski Kompania and Manu SabatéLearn more about Fira here.

WOMEX is undoubtedly  the queen of world music fairs. Little else is needed to say about this itinerary event that gathers near to 3000 professional from all over the world and this year will take place at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, that is officially our country, Spain, but is geographically Africa. In this edition Mapamundi Música presents the showcase by Gulaza. Learn more about WOMEX here.

Visa for Music has as first goal to highlight the artistic creation of Africa and the Middle-East. It’s 5th edition will take place, as usual, in Rabat (Morocco). It is directed by Brahim El Mazned, musical activist responsible also for the amazing compilation of 10 CDs Chikhates & Chioukhs de l’Aïta: Anthologie. The complete selection of artists for Visa for Music 2018 is still not published. Learn more about Visa for Music here.

PAMS is, in words by Juan Antonio Vázquez, who has been there in 2016 and returns next November, “a very colourful and stimulating showcase about what’s up in performing arts (music, dance, theatre…) all over the world and specifically in fascinating Eastern Asia”. Learn more about PAMS here.


We start this series of mini interviews with the director of Folk Holidays, festival that takes place in Náměšť  nad Oslavou (Czeck Republic) at the beginning of August. Thank you, Michal! 
MM – What do you search in an artist when you program? 
MS – I search artist who have music as the first thing,  who are specific, who are not only entertainers, who fits to my theme of our festival, who fits to our environment, who excited me by their music.
MM – Which are the global objectives of your festival?
MS – The main objective is to bring eight evening special concerts blocks. The whole festival has one basic theme every year, and each concert block usually consists usually from three bands and has specific title and dramaturgy. I want to bring complete evening program as the whole, which has the own title, logic, specificity, uniqueness, discovering for visitors, delights for musicians from these concerts.
I do not want repeat concerts and I invite very often bands who are in our country at the first time
I pepare a special short residence projects with final concert.

MM – What are the most complicated or difficult issues to deal with in your festival? 
MS – The most complicated issue is a financial issue. We must prepare enough incomes from grants and sponsorships from partners.

MM – Which are currently the main challenges for this kind of cultural proposals like yours? 
MS – The main challenge is to develop more short residence cooperation projects with a special theme.

MM – In one sentence, summarize the reason/s to go to your festival. 
MS – Our festival is chamber family 8-days festival in the environment of Rennaisance castle with specific dramaturgy of unique world music, jazz, folk concerts and workshops.

Picture: Michal Schmidt by Yvetta Stránská for

The communication project lead by Juan Antonio Vázquez continues growing in contents. Some of the latests inserts: 

** Do you have a world music festival or concert series and want to be included at #TremendAgenda? Contact #TremendAgenda here **

Fira Mediterrània and Womex, where we have showcases of artists of ours: Janusz Prusinowski Trio with Manu Sabaté and Gulaza, respectively.


Mapamundi Música is an agency of management and booking. Learn more here. Check our proposals at our website.

We also support our mission through our Mundofonías radio show, probably the leader about world music in Spanish language (on 46 stations in 17 countries), the Transglobal World Music Chart with our partner Ángel Romero from, the #TremendAgenda and Asociación para la Difusión de los Estilos.

Feel free to request info if you wish. For further information about us, get in touch by email, telephone (+34 676 30 28 82), our website or at our Facebook

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