WOMEX Take Off

27-31 October 2021, Portugal

Piranha Arts

Piranha Arts

Piranha Arts is a Berlin-based independent creative company up against all kinds of walls. From the very start, musical and cultural diversity have been the driving forces behind crossing borders - be they cultural, political or commercial. It all started officially with the staging of the Berlin premiere of Rufus Thomas and the release of the “Beat! Apartheid” compilation, our first vinyl long player in early 1987.

Today, we are a team of more than 30 Piranhas, inspired by our totem animal, exotic by nature, a swarming creature, fighting back if attacked, and easy to remember in all languages and regions. We operate both locally and globally, and we are active as cultural innovators, tech developers, curators, partners and multipliers.

In Berlin we are now best known for the Karneval der Kulturen, the million strong annual street parade and festival - which since 1996 has grown to become the biggest manifestation of cultural diversity in Germany. With major cultural events like the Heimatklänge Festival, Die Nächte des Ramadan and more we were part of reinventing Berlin as an international cultural capital after the Wall fall in 1989.
We travel Europe with the leading music showcase, conference and expo event WOMEX – Worldwide Music Expo - and Classical:NEXT - the global gathering for all art music professionals. From the world, to the world, we carry new sounds and artists with our own independent record & publishing label Piranha, with a focus on African, Gypsy and Jewish music since the beginning.

The independent shareholder company is legally represented by CEOs Frank Klaffs and Michael von Petrykowski, and supervised by a board consisting of "first generation" Piranhas Christoph Borkowsky (President), Brigitte Bieg and Ben Mandelson.

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Piranha Records

Piranha Records

Label & Publishing

Piranha is an independent record & publishing label, based in Berlin-Kreuzberg. We have been swimming among the sharks of the music industry since 1987 and now have more than 150 album releases and 1,200 copyrights to our name. Physically and digitally, the Piranha label is distributed internationally as part of the !K7 network while SMV Schacht Musikverlage and its set-up of sub-publishing partners administer and protect the Piranha publishing rights worldwide.

Piranha started as part of the world music movement in the 1980s, with a focus on African, Gypsy and Jewish music - everything the Nazis hated. Since then, we have stayed in tune with our original vision, introducing fresh sounds and artists from the world to the world, mastering the ever changing challenges of the music industry following digitilisation, while remaining a significant player in the global underground music scene.

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"The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers."
- UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

Since 1994, WOMEX has been travelling all across Europe, growing on its way into the number one networking platform for diversity in the music sector worldwide, with the prestigious WOMEX Awards for artistic achievement and professional excellence as each edition's final highlight. Recent stop-overs included Katowice (2017), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2018) and Tampere (2019). The 2019 edition saw 2,500 professionals (including 260 performing artists) from 83 countries representing 1,250 companies and 670 exhibiting companies, with the the year-round online platform virtualWOMEX that keeps the delegates connected. The most recent addition to the event is the WOMEX Academy, that strengthens skills to access the international circuits and markets.

From 21–25 October 2020, WOMEX held its 26th edition for the first time as a digital edition. This edition streamed 70 hours of online content consisting of 20 hours of conference sessions, 8 hours of network meetings, 4 hours of mentoring, 18 hours of films, 20 hours of virtual showcases including the artist interviews, and last but not the least, over 20,000 interactions between delegates on the official networking channel on MatterMost.

WOMEX 21 will take part in Porto, Portugal from 27-31 October 2021.

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The Global Gathering For All Art Music Professionals

"This is not just a conference that happens once a year. This is now a movement" -Anthony Sargent CBE, CEO, Luminato Festival, Toronto Chair, International Society for the Performing Arts

Classical:NEXT is the annual, international professionals’ forum for all sectors and all approaches in the world of classical and art music. A unique platform for networking across all sectors, for exploring new artistic ideas and for developing pioneering solutions – for the love, and the future, of classical music.

The 2019 edition in Rotterdam saw 1,300 art music professionals representing 740 companies from 45 countries from all over the world, growing within just a few years into the world`s most important classical and art music meeting.

With great regret Classical:NEXT 2021 (the postponed Classical:NEXT 2020) had to be cancelled due to the current COVID-19 regulations in the Netherlands. Classical:NEXT 2022 will welcome you to a new location in Germany.

Mark your calendars already from 17-20 May 2022.

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Karneval der Kulturen

Berlin Street Parade and Fest

Piranha Arts is the operator of Berlin’s Karneval der Kulturen since 2016 – four days full of music, dance and enjoyment. Karneval der Kulturen brings out the diversity of Berlin every year and stands for an open and intercultural society. Culture can be many things in this festival: from culinary adventures to colourful costumes and masks from all over the world to dance, music and street theatre. This is where people with different roots and cultural backgrounds come together to bring their passions, ideas and wishes creatively to the streets and share them with an open-minded audience. Karneval der Kulturen attracts over a million visitors and has become a key event in the cultural calendar of Berlin.

Karneval der Kulturen 2019 took place from 7-10 June and was realised through the commitment of the Karneval groups, an experienced team of staff, the operator Piranha Arts AG, the partners Berliner Sparkasse, Berliner Wasserbetriebe, GSG Berlin, Johanniter-Unfallhilfe e.V. and the support of the Senate department for Culture and Europe.

The next edition of Karneval der Kulturen will take place on 15 August 2021. Instead of a major event in Kreuzberg, we are planning several smaller and decentralized events due to Covid-19.

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