Cordas World Music Festival

Festival’s name: Cordas World Music Festival


Country: Portugal

Location: Madalena

Dates 2018: 7 – 16 Sep

Founded in 2016, Cordas World Music Festival is now working to build the third season in 2018.
Pico island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean welcomes string-music instruments and artists from around the world in venues that range from a garden, a cave, a vulcanic crater, natural pools, dragon-tree sanctuary, centre square stage and the new contemporary auditorium in the town of Madalena.
Artists that have been at Cordas include…
International: Tcheka (Cape Verde), Lu Yanan (China), Eran Zamir (Israel), Michel William (Mozambique), Maninho (Brazil), Anjos Teixeira (Germany), Marco del Castillo (Canary Islands), Beselch Rodriguez (Canary Islands), Pieter Adriaans

Sukiyaki Meets The World Festival

Festival’s name: Sukiyaki Meets The World Festival


Country: Japan

Location: Nanto-city, Toyama prefecture

Dates 2018: 23 Aug – 2 Sep

The Sukiyaki Meets The World takes place in Nanto-city (Hokuriku region, Japan) every year since 1991. It is entirely organized by local citizens (250 persons). With 4 stages and 12,000 visitors every year, it is the oldest and biggest event in Japan completely dedicated to Word Music. With more than 150 workshop, residence program, all the generations of the city are involved, throughout the year. The line-up includes confirmed groups and newcomers (, supported by the national medias and the main labels , it is established as a major actor of diffusion in the country. It includes satellite edition in Tokyo, Nagoya and Okinawa since 2011.

Rainforest World Music Festival

Festival’s name: Rainforest World Music Festival


Country: Malaysia

Location: Sarawak

Dates 2018: 13 – 15 July

The Rainforest World Music Festival 2018 will be the 21st edition. It attracts a crowd estimated at 20,000 during the 3 days. A 3 day celebration of music and action- packed stage shows at the Sarawak Cultural Village, under the imposing shadow of Mount Santubong, and in the midst of a virgin rainforest at the edge of the South China Sea. Apart from the music and stage shows, there will also be activities for the whole family, a health & wellness program and many more. An event not to be missed on the island of Borneo.

Førde Traditional and World Music Festival

Festival’s name: Førde Traditional and World Music Festival


Country: Norway

Location: Førde

Dates 2018: 4 – 8 July

Førde Traditional and World Music Festival (establ. 1990) is the largest festival in Scandinavia for traditional and world music and dance from all over the world. Main profile: traditional and contemporary folk music on an accoustic basis. The program: concerts, workshops, exhibitions, children’s events, dance evenings etc The Venues: more than 30 different in- and outdoor venues (small and large). Yearly focus – in 2018: The dance in the music – The music in the dance! Aims: open new doors, welcome new experiences, present artists not familiar for the audience in Norway, create magic musical meetings through quality concerts. Yearly visits: 26000. web:

Estival Cuenca

Festival’s name: Estival Cuenca


Country: Spain

Location: Cuenca

Dates 2018: 27 June – 7 July

After the start-up in 2012 of Estival Cuenca, a musical festival focused on jazz and world music, understood in a very broad way, and after the positive evaluation of its first four editions, this cycle has already managed to achieve one of the main objectives that was marked in its initial program. Thus, with humility, prudence, rigor and taking into account the complex current situation, a gap has been opened and it has been set in the calendar and cultural life of the city of Cuenca, since Estival became a musical and cultural initiative to provincial, regional and national level of the highest possible level.

Ethno Port Poznan Festival

Festival’s name: Ethno Port Poznan Festival


Country: Poland

Location: Poznań

Dates 2018: 7 – 10 June

During 10 years the stages of Ethno Port have seen almost 140 bands and solo artists who came to Poznań from the farthest corners of the globe and places not so far away at all.
Every year apart from 15 concerts taking place over the four days of the festival, there are also music workshops, a dance party, educational activities for children and young people, as well as meetings combined with film screenings, during which we will try to understand the major challenges of our times. For several years now, one of our chief themes is reflection on the biased narratives concerning migrants and refugees which, albeit based on unfounded fears, predominate in our country.

Balkan Trafik

Festival’s name: Balkan Trafik


Country: Belgium

Location: Bruxelles

Dates 2018: 19 – 22 April

‘Balkan Trafik !…of Cultures’ has existed for 12 years in Brussels, European capital, second most multicultural city in the world & 1st in Europe. In 2018 will take place its 2st in Paris, City of Light.An average of 6000 festivalgoers push BOZAR’s doors every April since 2005 to enter the festival’s fantasy world, to enjoy a complete cultural journey.After over a decade’s existence, our international festival has become a cultural brand of international reference.Balkan Trafik ! is based on a multi-artistic selection recognised by all: the public, the media, culture professionals, an interculturality unique in its concept, a scenography equalled only by an Oscar-winning cinematic univers.


Festival’s name: WOMADelaide


Country: Australia

Location: Botanic Park, Adelaide, South Australia.

Dates 2018: 9 – 12 March 

WOMADelaide is an annual iconic 4-day festival celebrating a World of Music, Arts and Dance on the middle weekend in March. The festival was first presented in 1992 as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts. This first festival was a joint venture between the Adelaide Festival and the UK based WOMAD organisation, established by Peter Gabriel in 1982 for the presentation of a festival presenting the World Of Music, Arts and Dance from around the globe. WOMADelaide was subsequently staged as a ‘stand-alone event’ biennially from 1993 in alternate years to the then biennially staged Adelaide Festival, until shifting to an annual cycle from 2004 once again as part of the Adelaide Festival program, which has also, since 2012 moved to an annual cycle.