In the 6th edition of Westway LAB, musical notes came to life in Guimarães in the form of 29 concerts, 14 conferences, 2 keynotes, 2 workshops, 3 networking sessions, 20 European export offices, 2 Talks and 4 artist residencies. The Vila Flor Cultural Center (CCVF) was the epicenter of an energy that spread to the city throughout the four days of this music event, affirming Westway LAB as an international territory of creation and export, knowledge, sharing, networking and enjoyment in the musical universe, which extends and widens its bridges, which this year have crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a more consolidated way, with Canada as a country in the spotlight.
Westway LAB is about to launch a new episode of this big and surprising adventure, bringing together once again the public, artists and professionals from the music industry, all in Guimarães, a city in continuous transformation motivated by creation and thought.
Every year in Spring, Guimarães becomes a music city. Portugal’s first showcase festival and pro music conference offers a very groundbreaking experience with Artist Residencies, Conferences, Talks, Showcases, Concerts and Canada as guest country. From 10th to 13th of April, Westway LAB connects Portugal to Europe and the world with a strong focus on the international music industry. 🚂🌍🎸🎹
ETEP have now enabled over 4.000 shows by emerging European Talent at festivals all over the world and helped 1.445 acts kick-start their international careers.
Since the start of the programme in 2003 ETEP has facilitated 4.001 shows by 1.445 acts in 34 countries, and we are very proud to have contributed to the careers of so many talented European acts.
Many acts that received support from ETEP at the start of their careers have grown out to be very successfu. Over the past 17 years, acts such as Agnes Obel, Ásgeir, Ben Howard, Benjamin Clementine, Calvin Harris, Franz Ferdinand, James Blake, MØ, Noisia, Selah Sue, The Editors, The Kooks, The XX, Within Temptation and Years & Years have greatly benefited from the support of the ETEP programme. More recently, acts such as Idles, Shame, Alma, Aurora and Dua Lipa played some of their first international shows with the support of the European Talent Exchange Programme.
ETEP is looking forward to seeing what the future brings, but one thing is set in stone: ETEP will continue to grow and offer even more artist great opportunities!
📷 #INES Panel: Women, music, parity and quotas at festivals
🇪🇺 INES is a European cooperation project initiated by eight international showcase festivals – including #WestwayLAB – and gigmit, the European digital platform for artist booking. Currently, INES has expanded to thirteen showcase festivals.
Westway Lab Festival is a collaborative platform, a living and organic laboratory, of experimentation and stimulus to creativity whose goal is to bring together, in the same city, acclaimed and emerging, international and national, innovative and purists artists during a period of music creation, video, urban interventions, architecture and thought played out through the development of activities such as artistic residencies, creative ateliers, showcases, concerts and talks.