invited experts

Beside speakers participating in the conference, we invited festival organizers, journalists and other professionals from several continents.

The conference program, assembled by music writer Petr Dorůžka, includes presentations of showcase artists, workshops on music export, distribution, and international touring. The conference includes workshops on music export, distribution, and international touring. We invited some of the most experienced professionals from several continents to share their knowledge and wit in panel sessions and speed dating.

Martina Laab
(Austria)

Director of the Austrian
World Music
Association

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Gerald Seligman
(USA)

Executive Director
of the National Recording Preservation Foundation

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Arnulf den Boesterd
(Netherlands)

Xango Music
founder and
owner

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Petr Dorůžka
(Czech Republic)

Internationally respected
world music
expert

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András Lelkes
(Hungary)

Musician, producer
and co-founder
of Hangvető

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Barak Weiss
(Israel)

Booking agent, dramaturge
and director
at the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival

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Jarmila Vlčková
(Slovakia)

Organizer of the ethnic
and world music events
in Slovakia

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Olya Moldavskaya
(Great Britain)

Creative producer,
digital distribution
expert

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Derek Andrews
(Canada)

Music Curator at Toronto’s Luminato Festival, artistic director of Mundial Montreal

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Miguel Santos
(Great Britain)

director
of Red Orange
Arts Agency

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Jun-Lin Yeoh
(Malaysia)

Director
of
JL Productions

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Ken Day
(USA/Sweden)

D-Tours World
Music Booking
Agency

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Łukasz Kałębasiak
(Poland)

Head of Communication in Katowice City Gardens

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Martyna Markowska
(Poland)

Head of Programming in Katowice City of Gardens

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Tamara Kamińska
(Poland)

Manager of UNESCO department in Katowice City of Gardens

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Bastiaan Springer
(Netherlands)

Producer and
a world music journalist

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Piotr Zaczkowski
(Poland)

CEO at the Institute of Culture Katowice – City of Gardens

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Vladimír „Potkan“ Potančok
(Slovakia)

Slovak Radio 4,
Radio FM

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Zjakki Willems
(Belgium)

Producer and editor, World Music Charts Europe pannel member

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Thorsten Bednarz
(Germany)

Music journalist,
Deutschlandradio Kultur

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Balázs Weyer
(Hungary)

Programme director
of Hangvető

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Araceli Tzigane
(Spain)

Director
of Mapamundi Música

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Juan Antonio Vázquez
(Spain)

Internationally
respected music journalist

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Jo Frost
(Great Britain)

Editor
of Songlines Magazine

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Cristina Fina
(Italy)

International development manager
of Puglia Sounds & MediMex

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Zuzana Bartošová
(Slovakia)

Film producer
and filmmaker

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David Ibáñez
(Spain)

Artistic director of Fira Mediterrània Manresa

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Alexander Čerevka
(Slovakia)

PR manager
of Slnko Records

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Iva Jonášová
(Czech Republic)

Editor in chief
of Radio Wave

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Riitta Huttunen
(Finland)

Freelance producer,
former director of Music Finland

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Lisa Whytock
(Scotland)

Director
of Active Events Agency

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Julia Ulehla
(USA)

Vocalist, musician,
actress, translator
and ethnomusicologist

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Aram Bajakian
(USA)

American guitarist
and composer

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Marie Čtveráčková
(Czech Republic)

Presenter and editor
of Radio Wave, DJ

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Martin Noga
(Slovakia)

Promoter
and musician

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Přemysl Štěpánek
(Czech Republic)

PR manager
of Indies Scope

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Christine Semba
(France/Germany)

Consultant, curator
and networker

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Minna Huuskonen
(Finland)

Promoter and producer
at Helsinki Festival

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Martin Tvrdý aka Bonus
(Czech Republic)

Producer, rapper
and graphic designer

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Peter Guschelbauer
(Austria)

President
of Sounddesign Austria

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Jordan Barnes
(Great Britain)

Booking agent
for Cumbancha Music

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