Westway LAB is returning this spring, for its 8th consecutive edition. The four-day celebration of music, organised digitally, will inspire a series of professional encounters and exchanges of knowledge that can sustain future paths of work.
This 8th edition begins the Iberian collaboration that will lead to the Iberian Focus in 2022, via our partnership with "The Spanish Wave", featuring virtual showcases by Olivia is a Ghost, Go Cactus, Melenas and Pinpilinpussies, 4 Spanish acts to follow. This first showcase will unleash a new dynamic in the music sectors between Portugal and Spain, generating a collaborative environment for all music professionals from both countries.
"The Spanish Wave" thus unveils the Spanish musical scene and launches a new regard towards the creative potential of the Iberian Focus, that will be fully revealed in the 9th edition of Westway LAB, during the next year.
European exchanges in the music sector are more important than ever, given the current context of transformation and the need to find new solutions. Westway 2021 begins with IMPALA CAMPUS, a new European training project for young music professionals.
In this reinforceed spirit of international training and collaboration we have launched an idea that was present in previous editions, but now takes on new forms: an Iberian focus, to be held in 2022.
Anticipating this exciting event, this year’s edition, in this very particular moment in our lives, includes two important musicians from Portugal and Spain, who will give the national and international Keynote speeches: João Carvalho (Paredes de Coura / Primavera) and Robert Grima (Live Nation Spain).
Westway LAB once again offers a central space for artists and partners who have embraced the chance to build new relationships, exploring the potential traced each year in the world of music in Guimarães. The rich programme of national and foreign talent underlines the diversity of programming criteria, in which Fundação GDA, I.N.E.S., E.T.E.P., Antena 3 and Why Portugal. AMAEI and MERLIN, her partner, chart a way forward in the field of digital music.