The Folk & World Music Gala is "the Oscars" of world music. It celebrates the best musicians and organizers and nine of the genre's best soloists and groups will be playing during a two-hour concert. But the gala holds much more. It is an event that spans three days and includes more than 40 seminars and workshops, a trade show with 30 exhibitors and a number of smaller concerts at several venues in Umeå.
The 2014 gala is the fifth edition and it is combined with the annual Umefolk festival.
The Folk & World Music Gala aims to be a gathering place for folk and world music in Sweden and wants to attract attention to a genre with a very high musical and professional quality. Interest in Swedish folk and world music is increasing abroad and this event wants to give a European audience the chance to listen and be impressed.