Waves Central Europe (short WCE) was founded in 2021 as a complement to the Waves Festival, which has been held annually in Vienna in September since 2011.

Due to Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, we have to cancel Waves Central Europe, which is organized in co-operation with EMEE from 3rd to 10th April 2022 with the participation of delegates from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova.We are currently working on how to make the project with other focus countries possible at a later date this year, which we will announce in the coming weeks. The invitations to the delegates from Ukraine and Moldova will remain in place in any case. Russia and Belarus will no longer be included in the reorientation of the event. Our thoughts and hopes at this time are with the countless innocent people in Ukraine. Support all the people in Ukraine and the resistance in Belarus and Russia!

Within the framework of the WCE project, the music scenes of the Central European region (Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia) will have the opportunity to get to know the focus markets of the international non-EU partner countries better and to jointly work out opportunities and ways to become active there.
The participating delegates from the international partner countries will be given a detailed insight into the music scenes of the WCE countries and introduced to potential local cooperation partners.
Together with the delegates from the WCE countries, strategies for export to the partner countries will be researched and worked out, in each case with regard to the local conditions and existing structures.
The focus is on the exchange and growth of knowledge as well as the networking of and for people from these countries who are active in the music industry.

The WCE project is thus intended to lay a foundation for long-term and sustainable cooperation between the participants of the WCE countries and the international partner countries.

Partners in the project are HOTS from Hungary, SIGIC from Slovenia, BACH from Czech Republic and Waves Festival from Austria. Waves Central Europe is realised in partnership with the EMX.