In 2012 it became clear that a federation needed to be founded. The sector met on a regular basis, giving shape to the foundations of the network. In 2019 the non-profit association Belgian World Music Network was officially established.

Below you will find an overview of the network’s formal and informal activities.

You will find all the reports of these gatherings here.


  • Establishment of the Belgian World Music Network as a non-profit association
  • 23 May: second official gathering of the BWMN gathers 80 people at Espace Magh in Brussels: plenary session, 2 debates and 4 workshops (digital promotion, touring in BE and abroad, copyrights and traditional music)
  • 11 June: official showcases in the AB with 4 live groups + DJs: Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin; Rafael Aragon; Gan San; Susobrino; EKKO; Fanfara electronica; High Jinks Delegation
  • Election of the new members of the Board of Directors and election of the active and associate members. A large number of members joins.
General Assembly of the Belgian World Music Network Meeting – 20 May 2019 – @Espace Magh


  • 18 May: first official gathering of the BWMN at Muziekpublique (Brussels) with 88 participants
  • Plenary session with guest speaker Etienne Bours, a world music specialist
  • 4 workshops on different themes (training, world music and electronic music, etc.)
  • Official showcases (selected by an external jury) at Muziekpublique: Marock’in Brass, Rebel Up (DJ set), Seyir, Wör, Tamala


  • 17 March: gathering at Globe Aroma (Brussels) with 70 participants from the sector. Relaunch and development of the network that becomes bilingual and welcomes new members from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation
  • Launch of the concept of the charter
  • 17 June: gathering at De Centrale (Ghent), presentation by the research department of the VRT (Thomas Coppens) + press promotion (Philippe De Groote) + debate
  • 17 October: gathering at La Sauvenière in Liège / 35 participants / debate: ‘Is there still room for world music in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation?’ 


  • Inspiration day on Radio 1
  • New press release
  • Meeting with the Flemish Arts Cabinet


  • Operation ‘Measuring world music’ on Radio 1
  • Application for the position of world music expert at VRT


  • Campaign on Radio1 (VRT) for more musical diversity on the radio
  • Press release, launch of the Radio 1 petition
  • Dialogue with the VRT


  • 13 March: gathering at De Centrale (Ghent) with 100 participants; workshops and debates with Philippe De Coene (Culture Commissioner), Gerrit Kerremans (VRT music coordinator), Bleri Lleshi & Lieven Verstraeten (VRT, moderator)
  • 13 April: gathering at Rataplan (60 participants), workshops-discussions on different themes


  • First gathering of professionals of the network as a result of shared frustrations: lack of media attention for world music, negative image of multiculturalism spread by various political movements, etc.
  • 12 June: 70 participants at Muziekpublique