Experts

Mentor

Aysun Karadogan

Aysun Karadogan is a manager, producer and booking agent. Born in a small Kurdish town in Eastern Turkey, she grew up in Istanbul and lives in Germany. She’s been managing Aynur since 2004 and has also been involved in many international projects, such as Yo-Yo Ma &  The Silk Road Ensemble, Riccardo Muti, and more.

Hilda Sandgren

Hilda Sandgren founded MTA Production AB in 2000 after many years of music and theater experience. She started and ran the Stockholm Folk Festival, Hesselby Chamber Festival, and Christmas in Folkton. Hilda specializes in artistic project management, booking and international collaborations within MTA. She teaches and lectures at the Royal Academy of Music.

Larisa Perde

Larisa Perde co-founded Vinyl, Rum, Tapas & Wine, an independent management and booking agency in Bucharest. They host a variety of Romanian and international artists from vinyl-only or digital DJs to live acts, world music, funk, jazz, soul, bossa-nova, tropical, disco, and more. VRTW is also a promoter, they hold over 50 events a year.

Ula Nowak

Urszula Nowak is a music journalist and manager. She’s a a board member and co-organiser of Pannonica Folk Festival, presenting music from the old Pannonia region. As a freelance journalist she writes about music in major national folk and jazz magazines. Since 2011 she hosts the world & jazz music radio programme Balkanera.

Trainer

András Lelkes

Founder and CEO of Hangvető, organizer of Budapest Ritmo and hosts of WOMEX in Budapest in 2015. Musicologist and musician, member of Tükrös ensemble since 1994 (double-bass). Connected to Hungarian folk music and the Táncház Movement since childhood. Active as publisher and event organizer in the folk and world music scene since 2001.

Balázs Weyer

Balazs Weyer is the programme director of Hangvető, host of WOMEX 15 and 20, Budapest Ritmo, and more. He is a member of the World Music Charts Europe jury and other bodies, such as the WOMEX samurai in 2014 and 2020. He coordinates CEMS, the Central European network of world music promoters, festivals and professionals.

Chris Eckman

Musician, record producer, and co-founder of Glitterbeat Records, a label “built upon sounds and artists that transcend cultural pre-conceptions and genre specificity”. Over the last 25 years Eckman’s band, The Walkabouts released nearly 20 albums. He produced over thirty albums for artists like Tamikrest, Aziza Brahim, and more.

Ivan Petrovic

Ivan M. Petrovic is the President of the Managing Board at EXIT Foundation and works on many other festivals in the region. Ivan is consultant in area of creative industries, sustainability and corporate social responsibility and also follows social activism, international relations, event management, diaspora & development topics, youth tourism, public diplomacy, and more.

Jerome Williams

Agent, producer, and sound designer. Williams is an owner of Earth Beat, a management and booking agency based in Amsterdam that represents artists from all continents. Their profile consists of exciting high quality ‘traditional’ acts and talented, innovative and adventurous ‘cross-over’ bands. Their artists fit different circuits, like world, jazz, rock or underground.

Katharina Weinert

Since 2017 Katharina works as policy advisor of the European Music Council. Her tasks include analysing policies and drafting policy recommendations on EU cultural policy and other fields relevant for music. She has participated in several Stakeholder Consultations on EU level such as Voices of Culture and Music Moves Europe and more.

Márton Méhes

Márton Méhes, PhD is a cultural manager who worked in diplomacy or management in Berlin, Pécs, and Budapest. Márton was the director of the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Vienna and now works as international cultural manager. His main fields are cultural diplomacy in practice and cultural cooperation in the Danube area.

Simon Broughton

Simon Broughton is Editor in Chief of Songlines, the leading world music magazine which has been in print since 1999. He also works as a documentary film maker and broadcaster – usually about music. He’s been working in the field of world music for 30 years.

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