Australasian World Music Expo – Melbourne, 18 – 21 November 2010


Time is running out! The Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) 2010 is inviting Roots, Indigenous, World, Hip-Hop, Reggae, and Electronic artists to send in applications to perform at the region’s premiere music industry and conference event, taking place in Melbourne from 18th – 21st November 2010.

Now in its third year, the Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) will once again take over Melbourne’s city streets for three days and nights of the finest traditional and contemporary Indigenous, roots and world music on offer!
With two distinct components, AWME brings together industry representatives from all over the world to talk shop and sample music from the region, while also offering punters one of the most eclectic public festival programs in the country.
By day, AWME is a trade fair, which attracts prominent and influential festival bookers, talent agents, record labels and media for workshops, panel discussions and industry networking. 

By night, AWME transforms a variety of Melbourne venues into a festival showcase in which delegates and music fans rub shoulders and sample some of the most exciting roots music on the planet.
Featuring more than 50 performance groups and attracting national and international representatives, AWME aims to raise the profile and commercial opportunities for contemporary and traditional roots/world music groups from Australia, the Pacific and beyond. AWME provides artists the unique opportunity to perform to and network with music industry delegates from Europe, North America, Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Please refer to the website for further information, criteria and details regarding the application process.


6 thoughts on “Australasian World Music Expo – Melbourne, 18 – 21 November 2010

  1. On a sad note for PNG music, the Simbu music archives of the NBC were shamefully and willingly destroyed recently.

    This is a national scandal.

    Sounds of Chimbu destroyed
    The National

    A RARE collection of traditional Chimbu songs, string band music, legends and myths and traditional bamboo flute sounds were destroyed last week.
    The National Broadcasting Corporation’s library and archives building in Kundiawa, containing this rare collection, was demolished last Thursday to make way for the new highlands regional treasury building.
    The NBC building was constructed in 1973, and the recordings destroyed were a collection of the last 37 years.
    It was demolished in the presence of Chimbu Governor Fr John Garia and other MPs from the province. Also there was Finance secretary Gabriel Yer, NBC acting managing director Memafu Kapera and NBC board chairman Paul Reptario.
    The National saw remains of the destroyed records burning and lying around the perimeter fence of the site last weekend.
    NBC management and staff, who have relocated to a new site near the Kundiawa-Gembogl district office and the provincial education office, have reportedly failed to relocate the archived records.
    Director of Sangamanga Culture Environment Protection (SCEP) Eric Sinebare expressed grave concerns over the loss of these rare collections.
    He blamed the management and staff of NBC Kundiawa for failing to relocate these items when they moved out three months ago.
    Sinebare said when the official demolition was carried out last Thursday, NBC staff arrived and collected what they wanted, leaving the records behind.
    “By 6pm last Saturday, the public moved in and helped themselves, scattering the recordings on a shelf all over.”

    1. This just makes me sick. Doesn’t anyone at NBC care anymore? Maybe Ill go ask them if they want to just hand over whatever else they have so I can build a private collection until the government sees the need to build some cultural infrastructure like a well funded museum.

      Speaking of which: PNG – ARTEFACTS: THE NATIONAL                                          

      PNG sends protest note over ‘stolen’ artifacts‬‪‬‪

      17 MAY 2010 PORT MORESBY ( THE NATIONAL) —- Papua New Guinea(PNG) is prepared to challenge United States institutions and individuals in international court over millions of kina worth of “stolen” artifacts and national cultural property rights, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Charles Abel said.‬‪“We will go to court and claim what is rightfully ours,” Abel said in light of recent controversies surrounding the ownership question of at least nine of the PNG artifacts in the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco as well as today’s intending sale of at least 30 pieces from PNG.‬‪

      The rebuilt de Young Museum, owned by the city, houses some of the more valuable 4,000-plus PNG and West Papua artifacts which were donated by philanthropist John Friede and his wife Marcias ‬‪Abel told The National that he plans to travel to the US to reinforce the government’s position on rare, protected cultural items which had been illegally shipped out of the country in the 1960s and 1970s.‬‪

      His comments followed revelations about in-fighting within the Friede family over inheritance rights which included the PNG artifacts, known as the Jolika collection donated to the museum. Besides this, the Sotheby’s auction house, which loaned millions to the Friedes to buy artifacts, has taken 29 items from the collection to sell in New York today to recoup costs.‬‪

      Mr Abel has written to the de Young administrators to express “my concern and that of our government” at recent news reports of the auctioning off of parts of the Jolika collection which included at least nine declared as national cultural property.‬‪

      He said that as far as PNG was concerned, the nine objects had been illegally exported and remained the property of PNG “but held in trust by the de Young until further notice”
      Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone from Digicel Pacific

  2. This is an absolute outrage, and it is sad to see that such cultural artefacts are not properly taken care of.
    I guess it’s just another example of culture having to make way for economics.

    A sad day for PNG indeed.

      1. You are absolutely right being upset. These are cultural treasures, lost forever.

        Hopefully you’ll be able to salvage some of it.

  3. Perhaps the collection kept at Kundiawa were copies – there may be duplicates or originals in the main NBC collection, and some may be kept at ANU Canberra or elsewhere. Can someone check this out?

    I was trying to raise interest in the digitization of the main PNG cultural collections (eg The New Guinea Collection at UPNG, National Archives, the NBC archives, old ABC recordings, etc.) a few years back, but noone seemed to care. We needed a few million kina to kick things off. I warned that important material was disintegrating (as has happened to some of the National Archives at Lae) and more would disappear unless something was done. Sadly it looks like this will come to pass.

    Perhaps Google or the Gates Foundation would be worth approaching for help?

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