Le Festival des 5 Continents

Festival‘s name: Le Festival des 5 Continents

Country: Switzerland

Location: Martigny

Start date: 13.06.2019

End date: 16.06.2019

About the festival: The Festival of 5 Continents is a must event in Valais that offers to discover the Musics and Cultures of the world. It gives the public a privileged opportunity to meet, with a focus on musical discoveries from five continents, culinary tastings as well as events promoting the Vivre Ensemble.

TWMC Festival Awards: 2018 results

TWMC Festival Awards: 1st edition’s results

Best Festival Award: 1st. (in a tie):

WOMADelaide & Jeonju Int’l Sori Festival

•    Best Newcomer Festival Award:

•    Best Small/Medium Festival Award: 

•    Best Large Festival Award: 

•    Global top 10:

1.    (In a tie): Jeonju Int’l Sori Festival & WOMADelaide
3.    World Music Festival Bratislava
4.    Fira Mediterrània de Manresa
5.    Ethnoport Poznan
6.    Urkult
7.    Cordas World Music Festival
8.    Rainforest World Music Festival
9.    Førdefestivalen
10.  Lowell Folk Festival

TWMC received a total of 24 applications, of which 20 were evaluated. We were unable to find a reviewer for 4 of the festivals. We have identified one of our aspects to improve for the second edition and we’ll do our best to evaluate all the applicants in the second edition, for which the application is already open in our website.

For the first edition, the assessment was made mainly by our own panelists. 2 independent evaluators collaborated specifically on this role. In total, 15 evaluators have participated in this first edition.

The results show the high level of many of the applicants in the criteria and the distance between them is really small. In order to recognize the superb quality of many of the applicants, we’ve decide to publish the top 3 in the different categories, as well as the global top 10.

The Transglobal World Music Chart Festival Awards were launched as part of our goal to increase the appreciation of the music from the cultures of the world, as a tool for the development of people in many areas of life, as well as for joy and pleasure. Find here the procedure, criteria and application form to start the procedure.

Aside from highlighting the value of the winners in the four categories, congratulating the two festivals tied in the 1st position for their excellence, we want to praise several festivals beyond the concerts program: Urkult, as a superb inspiring example in many of the criteria (Festival-goer experience, Logistics, Environmental responsibility and Social responsibility); Ethnoport Poznan’s program beyond the concerts, with “Listen to the world”, workshops, cinema, activities for children, active support for activist humanitarian organizations… merit the attention by itself; World Music Festival Bratislava that is carefully shaping the image of the music landscape of their country for the rest of the world; Cordas World Music Festival, an authentic challenge by reason of its location, that provides thrilling experiences added to the music relish; Fira Mediterrània de Manresa, boosting the local scene as well as providing unique experiences for the public; Rainforest World Music Festival’s huge vision for gathering the strengths to create such an immersive event; Førdefestivalen’s understanding of diversity in all of its meanings; and Lowell Folk’s explorer approach and highlighting traditions from across the US and around the world trusting in many unknown artists.

Thank you all, teams of the applicant festivals, and thanks to the evaluators. Application for the 2nd edition is open.

• Best Festival
• Best Small/Medium Festival Award
• Best Large Festival Award
• Best Newcomer Festival Award
• Profound diversity
• Opportunities for lesser known artists
• Communication
• Festivalgoer Experience
• Logistic
• Environmental responsibility
• Social responsibility


Festival’s name: Urkult

Country: Sweden

Location: Näsåker

Start date: 1995-08-03

End date: 2017-08-05

The first weekend in August, the fire will be lit next to Nämforsen when the folk and world music festival Urkult will be launched annually since 1995. A festival with endless love where the whole family can enjoy themselves.

The Urkult Festival is beautifully located next to Nämforsen in Näsåker, Sollefteå municipality. Here visitors come to enjoy music, dance, joy and love in addition to the landscape.


Festival’s name: ETNOSUR

Country: Spain

Location: Alcalá la Real (Jaén)

Start date: 2018-07-20

End date: 2018-07-22

Etnosur is a multicultural festival that has been celebrated for more than twenty years in Alcalá la Real (Jaén) during the month of July. It is characterized by hosting a program of activities totally free and for all ages that includes music, literature, forum, workshops, gastronomy, movies…

BU Global Music Festival

Festival’s name: BU Global Music Festival

Country: United States

Location: Boston

Start date: Friday, October 5, 2018

End date: Saturday, October 6, 2018

The BU Global Music Festival is a free, annual celebration of world music, featuring more than a dozen international and local musicians.

BU Global Music Festival Goals:
• Celebrate and enhance BU‘s Global Identity
• Celebrate the music and culture of immigrant communities in the greater Boston area
• Educate our students and the general community about world music and culture
• Build community and good will between BU and the greater Boston region
• Welcome a broad cross-section of community members to BU
• Present high-quality global music and engaging performances to the region for free

Jeonju Int’l Sori Festival

Festival’s name: Jeonju Int’l Sori Festival

Country: South Korea

Location: Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do

Start date: 3/October/2018

End date: 7/October/2018

Comments: Korea’s main event for traditional music and, since 2011, world music. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Songlines listed Jeonju Sori Festival among the World’s Best 25 International Festivals, the only Asian festival in the list.

Fira Mediterrània de Manresa

Festival’s name: Fira Mediterrània de Manresa

Country: Spain

Location: Manresa

Start date: 04/10/2018

End date: 07/10/2018

Fira Mediterrània de Manresa is a performing arts fair rooted in Mediterranean tradition. It has two main areas of focus: popular culture (based on elements that include the transfer of heritage, the crossover between contemporary creation and traditional regional culture, participation and the increase of the social foundations of culture) and world music and folk (traditional or contemporary music that is connected to its local region, with special emphasis on the Mediterranean).

It has been held every year since 1998 and has become a setting for exchange professionals that sell and buy productions.

Lowell Folk Festival

Festival’s name: Lowell Folk Festival

Country: United States

Location: Lowell, Massachusetts

Start date: 27/07/2018

End date: 29/07/2018

The Lowell Folk Festival is the largest FREE folk festival in the northeast. Downtown Lowell transforms into an all inclusive festival for three days, featuring five musical stages that showcase highly curated traditional music, representing cultures from around the world. There are sunny and shaded stages, and there will be smiling faces all around. With a Family Activities Area, Crafts Demonstrations, savory ethnic foods, and so much more, everyone enjoys it “their way”.

Bayimba International Festival of the Arts

Festival’s name: Bayimba International Festival of the arts

Website: https://bayimbafestival.com/

Country: Uganda

Location: Lunkulu Island, Mukono

Start date: 2018-08-02

End date: 2018-08-05

The Bayimba International Festival of the Arts has developed into a major multi-arts festival with varied and qualitative programming, presenting exciting, innovative and creative ideas. It is eagerly awaited by locals while artists and visitors from abroad pour into Uganda to take advantage of the exciting artistic experience. With a vibrant and an unparalleled feast of music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts from renowned and upcoming artists from around the world. The festival has truly become a highlight on Uganda’s social and cultural calendar and is also gradually developing into an important (East) African destination festival.

FMM Sines

Festival’s name: FMM Sines – Festival Músicas do Mundo

Website: http://www.fmmsines.pt

Country: Portugal

Location: Sines, Portugal

Start date: 19 July 2018

End date: 28 July 2018

About: FMM Sines – Festival Músicas do Mundo is a music festival held every July in the municipality of Sines on the Alentejo coast in Portugal. Organised by the Sines City Council, it is a cultural public service festival. Adopting “Music with a spirit of adventure” as a motto, the festival is presented in historic and urban scenarios of great beauty and authenticity, close to a coastline with protected landscape.