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Czech Music Crossroads: An Opportunity for Musicians! The content and the progress of Czech Music Crossroads is still accompanied by inaccurate ideas and preconceptions, saying that it’s some kind of semi-sectarian event where a bunch of musicians gather, “reportedly” without contributing anything. Perhaps because of these prejudices, and to our regret, not many bands and musicians arrived at this year’s edition in Ostrava, despite our program of panel discussions focused on themes enabling artists to better understand the music industry, and also a number of special workshops led by respected professionals. Nevertheless, for us, giving up is not an option, and in the coming year we intend to continue in our efforts. We’re motivated not only by the response of musicians who arrived to the Crossroads, but also by the reaffirmation of experienced foreign guests regarding our properly chosen form and direction. >>> MORE

Womex 2017 Will Take Place in Katowice, Poland! Congratulations to our Polish friends from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute for the honour of organizing the world’s largest world music fair, WOMEX 2017. With this, Poland becomes only the second Eastern European country to receive the honour of hosting such an event, after Hungary. Additionally, we are very pleased that, in both cases, the events are led by our colleagues with whom we create an international platform — the Czech Music Crossroads.
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Tired of getting lost on the musical map? Would you love to show your music to the world, but don’t know how? The fourth annual Czech Music Crossroads international showcase festival, taking place on 17–18 July 2017, just before the Colours of Ostrava festival in Dolni Vitkovice, could help you. For the very first time, it offers an opportunity for Czech artists, focusing on world music, folk, jazz and new acoustic music, to apply for the showcase regardless of released albums or length of professional experience. >>> MORE

The Ponk Trio’s WOMEX Success. Czech representation at the largest world music fair, WOMEX, is definitely not a given: since 2006, only Tara Fuki and The Clarinet Factory have appeared on its list. And now, the Seven Samurai have officially chosen Ponk, a trio from Brno, to be on their carefully selected list of artists. We can definitely take this as another significant milestone for our music, achieved — with no exaggeration — in the face of huge competition. >>> MORE

On our YouTube channel you can find concert recordings of this year’s Czech Music Crossroads. 12 bands from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary… >>> MORE

Czech band PONK chosen to perform at WOMEX 2016! Ponk will be the first band ever to sing in Czech language at the prestigious festival and showcase WOMEX – The World Music Expo which will take place this October in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Ponk have been together for 3 years only, but their first album Postfolklor, released in April 2015, raised a lot of interest among fans and music professionals… >>> MORE

TWMC New Global Music Chart! The Transglobal World Music Chart (TWMC) a global platform and music chart has been created and is organised by Araceli Tzigane and Juan Antonio Vázquez (Mundofonías) in cooperation with Ángel Romero (World Music Central.org). They will not only present the TWMC (running since the middle of 2015) at the Crossroads panel discussion, but they will also advise young bands on how to work with the media… >>> MORE

The Visit – Showcase Scotland Expo: Our Interview with Lisa Whytock! we do two showcase festivals. One is in January, which is much bigger and it’s got 180 delegates – but those delegates must apply to come, because we’ve always got a waiting list. So we’ve got 180 places but we’ve maybe got 250 people that we would like to come. So there’s no subsidy, no payment to help them come here, it’s all commercial… >>> MORE

Katowice declared UNESCO City of Music! Following the decision of UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Katowice was named UNESCO Creative City of Music. Thus, the city has joined the prestigious UNESCO Creative Cities Network. So far the network comprises 9 members: 6 in Europe and 3 from other parts of the world. Katowice is the first City of Music from Central and Eastern Europe and second Creative City in Poland after Kraków (City of Literature)… >>> MORE

The band Ponk has a Angel prize and a new video! Check out the new video of the band Ponk. Fresh holders of Angel prize (Czech music academy prize) in world music category will present their production at our showcase. >>> VIDEO

Interview with Arnulf Den Boesterd! Xango music is one of the most active distributors focusing on fields ignored by others. Just check their website www.xangomusic.com, featuring more that 200 items from Hungary and almost one hundred from the Czech republic. We are very happy to have the founder Arnulf Den Boesterd as a guest in the Crossroads conference. Recently we talked to him at the Babel Med music fair in Marseille. Full interview is >>> HERE.

We know artists of this year!!! The jury chose Ponk, an acoustic trio Malina/Liška/Nejtek and a Franco-Czech band Rêve Général. Psio Crew, Lautari, and Vołosi will represent Poland. Romengo, Cimbaliband, and Said Tichiti & Chalaban will hail from Hungary. Slovakia will send over the Zuzana Homolová Trio, Rusín Čendeš Orchestra and Capre.

Crossroads is growing. We are proud to announce that for 2016 Hungarian bands will join the showcase selection that already includes Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. The fact that Hungarian roots music is a timeless inspiration was brilliantly documented last autumn, when Womex music fair moved to Budapest after taking place in Western Europe for past twenty years. Our colleagues from Budapest Womex became partners of Crossroads.