World Music Showcase

July 4th 2024
powered by UPBEAT


Tineke Codron

I’ve been a music addict for as long as I can remember. Followed music classes from age of 9, I started writing reviews on gigs and interviewing artists for Joined Kokopelli world music festival in 2010, where I first worked on communications, was responsible for secretary and focus on global coördination and experience. Volunteered on quiet some festivals in Belgium and visited much more throughout Europe. After visiting Womex in 2017 I started my own business. I work as a freelancer in production work, writing and managing (european) projects, administrative support, organizing festival, social media support… Current clients: Kokopelli festival, Gri Gri Music, Wasted Talent, BRU-X-ELLES festival.

Roel Vanhoeck

Roel Vanhoeck (1977) is Deputy Director Music of the Center of Fine Arts Brussels (Bozar).He is responsible for the non-classical music program at Bozar and more in particular for the jazz, electronic music, contemporary & cross-over program. He started his professional career as senior staff member at the Flanders Music Center where he was responsible for international music policy & promotion. Before joining the BOZAR Music team he was during 5 years managing director of Jeunesses Musicales of Flanders which was the most prominent music education organization in the country. He is a board member of several cultural institutions and a regular guest on international conferences on the topic of music policy, promotion & programming.

Peter Dimitrov

Peter Dimitrov is the founder and director of the acclaimed Bulgaria’s A to JazZ Festival. His commitment is to promote jazz & beyond, improvised and world music across young people, and Bulgaria’s music scene internationally. His educational background in music, media and economy of culture allows him to create successfully operating models in the music and festival industry in his country, and to establish strong international network in the cultural and artists’ exchange fields. His latest passion is to work on promoting sustainable models in the festival industry and initiate closer connections between music festivals and cultural operators in the Balkan region.

Marija Vitas

Marija Vitas is the editor-in-chief of the Serbian world music magazine "Etnoumlje". Since 2018, she has been editing the portal of the World Music Association of Serbia. She collaborated with Radio BBC 3 and Canadian Radio CBC and writes for the Italian "Blogfoolk" portal and German "Folk Galore" magazine. She is a member of the "Transglobal World Music Charts" panel and the founder and administrator of the "Balkan World Music Chart".She worked at Radio Belgrade 2 (2008 - 2019), doing CD reviews and reports on world music/classical/pop/rock/jazz concerts and festivals in Serbia, and abroad, hosting the show "Od zlata jabuka" focused on Serbian and Balkan music and cultural heritage, preparing playlists in different talk shows. Since 2019, she is the President of the "Ring Ring" Association and a member of the team of the "Todo Mundo" and "Pocket Globe" world music festivals.

Arlette Hovinga

Arlette Hovinga (That Jazz Girl) is a publicist and marketing/media director from The Netherlands. Focusing on release- and tour promo, she works all over Europe to represent everything jazz, experimental, world, or indie. When not on the road with colleagues, clients, and friends such as Jason Miles (Marcus Miller, Miles Davis) and she can be found organizing press tours for festivals such as So What’s Next?(NL), Szczecin Jazz Festival (PL), and Sicilia Jazz Festival (IT). In the past, she’s been known to work with The Four Tops, Earth Beat Agency, Matt Bianco, and many others. Her hobby, besides having the best job in the world, involves books, reading, collecting vintage cookbooks, and learning languages.

A to JazZ Festival is part of UPBEAT – The European Showcase Platform for World Music. Our showcase is supported by National Culture Fund of Bulgaria, Upbeat and the European Union.

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