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A brief his­tory of Med­imex
Every year, Puglia Sounds pro­duces and hosts Med­imex — Inter­na­tion­al Fest­iv­al & Music Con­fer­ence.
Launched in 2011 as a mar­ket fair with a full pro­gram of events, live shows and guest artists, in 2017 Med­imex became an inter­na­tion­al fest­iv­al with great live shows and a con­stantly updated cal­en­dar of events ded­ic­ated to the music industry and pro­fes­sion­al train­ing.
In addi­tion to Bari, Med­imex has also been held in the towns of Fog­gia and Taranto.

Med­imex, an event organ­ized by Puglia Sounds that launched it for the first time in 2011 as a trade fair and expo of music innov­a­tion, since 2017 has become a “scattered” Inter­na­tion­al Fest­iv­al & Music Con­fer­ence, that com­bines a num­ber of events aimed at music pro­fes­sion­als with a full-scale fest­iv­al fea­tur­ing many events for the gen­er­al pub­lic. The dif­fer­ent edi­tions have turned Med­imex into a land­mark (eco­nom­ic and cul­tur­al) event for Itali­an and inter­na­tion­al music oper­at­ors and busi­nesses, music pro­fes­sion­als and artists, an unmiss­able yearly appoint­ment for that seg­ment of the of the Itali­an music mar­ket that wants to get con­nec­ted with the inter­na­tion­al music scene, through exchange of ideas and exper­i­ences and by shar­ing insights into the world of music, by net­work­ing and pro­mot­ing their work.

Start­ing in 2018, Med­imex has become a trav­el­ing event with­in the Puglia region. The first trav­el­ling edi­tion was held in Taranto, from June 7 to 10, 2018, with a full cal­en­dar of events scattered in the most beau­ti­ful places of the town. In 2019 Med­imex was pro­posed in a spring edi­tion in Fog­gia fol­lowed by anoth­er edi­tion in June in Taranto which saw a grow­ing num­ber of par­ti­cipants.

In 2020, Med­imex was the first music con­fer­ence to go fully digit­al with almost 100 hours of streamed events and a social media reach of 350,000 con­tacts, with a total of over 100,000 views, 1,500 users tak­ing part in online work­shops and webinars, 130,000 inter­ac­tions on Face­book, 140,000 on Ins­tagram and 50,000 on Twit­ter.

In 2021 Med­imex brings great music back to Taranto through sev­er­al events that made it mem­or­able: work­shops, show­cases, Meet the Author gath­er­ings, art camps, exhib­i­tions. A unique oppor­tun­ity to meet nation­al and inter­na­tion­al music stake­hold­ers, exchange exper­i­ences and shar­ing insights into the world of music with them and to grow togeth­er. As always, Med­imex will be open to the entire pop­u­la­tion of Taranto and bey­ond.

Med­imex 2022 marks the return of great live shows with con­certs by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds in Taranto (19 June) and The Chem­ic­al Broth­ers in Bari (14 July) and the return of the event to the Apuli­an cap­it­al where it was born in 2011. A long edi­tion sched­uled from 16 to 19 June in Taranto and from 13 to 15 July in Bari. In addi­tion to the live shows, author meet­ings with the prot­ag­on­ists of Itali­an music, pro­fes­sion­al and net­work­ing activ­it­ies aimed at region­al and nation­al artists and music­al oper­at­ors who, as they will usu­ally host rep­res­ent­at­ives of the main Itali­an and inter­na­tion­al fest­ivals and cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions as well as music schools aimed at those who want to get closer to the world of music and pro­fes­sion­als, show­cases of Apuli­an artists and numer­ous col­lat­er­al activ­it­ies.

The 2023 edi­tion was a very suc­cess­ful one. It recor­ded a great par­ti­cip­a­tion in all the events, a large influx of people to Taranto and received import­ant vis­ib­il­ity in the media. Fur­ther­more, more than 300 oper­at­ors from the music sec­tor par­ti­cip­ated in the pro­fes­sion­al and net­work­ing activ­it­ies. The live shows that saw Echo & the Bunny­men, Diod­ato, The Murder Cap­it­al, Skunk Anan­sie, Tom Morello and The Cult altern­ate on the stage of the seafront rotunda were unfor­get­table and excit­ing; as well as the show­cases at the Spa­ce­port. The spaces of the Uni­ver­sity pulsate with life for pro­fes­sion­al and net­work­ing activ­it­ies which brought a pres­ti­gi­ous rep­res­ent­a­tion of the Itali­an music mar­ket to Taranto to dis­cuss the Music Com­mis­sion, sup­port for the new gen­er­a­tions, the live mar­ket, the record­ing industry, song­writ­ing, pro­tec­tions and rights, fund­ing for the record­ing industry and music in the time of Tik­Tok.