Horizons at WOMEX 2020 

We hope you are all keeping well and thank you to everyone who completed our WOMEX COVID-19 survey.  

As you will be aware, WOMEX opened registrations last week for the on-site event in Budapest, 21st - 25th October. Showcase artists and panel invitations have also been sent out. The announcement did not include any virtual plans for the conference.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 uncertainty around how we participate in international events going forward, the UK and Ireland Horizons partners have agreed not to host a major physical presence in the WOMEX trade hall in Budapest this year. This decision was considered in-depth and has been informed by your survey feedback. We are disappointed there will not be a significant Horizons presence this year but we have always had a strong and successful relationship with WOMEX and will be looking at ways to ensure this continuity. We will continue to help those artists who choose to perform at WOMEX from the UK and Ireland in whatever form that takes.  

The Horizons partners are looking into ways in which we can maintain our commitment to our international work combining our resources to trial a virtual participation at WOMEX 20 as well as offer a network rate for those delegates still hoping to attend WOMEX this year. 


We will have more information in due course. 

Please contact Naomi naomi@britishunderground.net if you require more information or to discuss any specific issues arising from this email.


"As the stones of the Horizons partnership are currently in lockdown, our songs can be heard in a variety of virtual spaces. The partners are working with festivals, agencies, governments and venues all over England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to explore how we can maintain our commitment to our international work.” Eluned Hâf, Wales Arts International