Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) today announced that Dublin has been shortlisted to host WOMEX (World Music Expo) 2013. A final decision is expected early in the New Year.
WOMEX is the largest global trade fair and conference for world music. WOMEX is a five day event that attracts around 2,500 delegates from almost 100 countries, with 650 exhibiting companies, more than 50 showcase acts, over 20 Conference Sessions and over a dozen film screenings. Since its first edition in 1994 WOMEX has been travelling all across Europe from Berlin (1994), via Brussels (1995), Marseille (1997), Stockholm (1998), Berlin (1999 + 2000), Rotterdam (2001), Essen (2002 + 2004), Newcastle (2005), Sevilla (2003 + 2006-2008) to Copenhagen (2009-2011).
Dublin is one of 3 cities shortlisted for WOMEX 13. If Dublin wins the bid, this will be the first time that a music industry event of this scale will be held in Dublin. Dublin’s proposal is to hold the opening and closing events in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square and to hold the main trade fair, expo and conference in the Convention Centre in Docklands.
The Dublin bid was made in October of this year by Temple Bar Cultural Trust in partnership with Tom Sherlock Management and Odyssey International, with the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture & Sport, Dublin Tourism, Fáilte Ireland, the Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Dublin City Council and Dublin Convention Bureau.
Speaking today following the announcement, Dermot McLaughlin, CEO of Temple Bar Cultural Trust said:
‘We first looked seriously at bidding for WOMEX over 6 years ago but the city was not ready. Things are different now and we are ready for WOMEX! We made our bid purely on the strength of what we have here in Dublin and on our capacity and ambition to do a brilliant job on WOMEX here in 2013.
Being shortlisted is marvellous news for Dublin, at a time when we need good news. Dublin’s new Convention Centre is a fantastic venue that sets the highest standards. Temple Bar, Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, is ideally located for WOMEX and the area has a strong cultural identity and recognition factor all over the world. It’s hard to think of a better host venue for WOMEX than the heart of Dublin, going from the Cultural Quarter here in Temple Bar to the superb new Convention Centre in Docklands, all connected by the River Liffey.
Aside from our excellent infrastructure, our global business links and our attractiveness as a friendly destination, in Dublin we have a unique advantage – we are steeped in the living tradition of music and Dublin offers immediate and close access to some of the best live music you’ll hear anywhere in the world.
We’re looking forward to the next stage of the process and welcoming the WOMEX delegation to Dublin in the next few weeks. ’