The Kirikou Events Association presents its flagship event, the Festi’Couleurs 2020-2021, which gathers many visitors every year.
For 13 years now, Festi’Couleurs has been an artistic and festive event around gender diversity. This free event was born out of the desire to value cultural diversity and rich social diversity in Occitanian / Pyrenean / Mediterranean regions.
Coping with this health and economic crisis that has affected all continents, AKE wishes to renew the social, cultural and living-together bond by organising the 14th edition of Festi’Couleurs 2020-2021. “2021 Africa season in Crossed Cultures” will take place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th May 2021 at the Exhibition Centre Hall 8.
This festival will showcase the art and cultures around the world. It is an opportunity to discover artists from all walks of life: musicians, singers, actors, authors, painters and dancers, and so on. This gathering makes it possible to enjoy a wide range of animations and to live a collective and festive day.
The programme will be rich and varied: concerts, dance, entertainment, games for youngsters and older ones, parades, humour, a charity raffle… The funds raised during this event will be donated to international solidarity actions. This event will also be an opportunity for AKE to renew its trust with its partners.
You will find below their press book explaining:
their events’ and festivals’ organised throughout the current year 2020 and the year 2021
all actions taken with the collected funds during these events and festivals.
I attended on 3rd January 2020 Stephan Eicher‘ s live concert atLa Halle aux grains in Toulouse (France). Although, I have listened to this singer and musician for many years now, it was the first time I went to his concert in this great theatre concert hall.
Stephan Eicher’s choice for concert place is spot on, a 2200-seater theater with a great acoustic sound and allowing an intimate connection with his public.
He obviously plays his old hit «Déjeuner quoi?» Stephan Eicher shouts and laughs during the concert. It’s the public who demands it. Stephan Eicher answers «Déjeuner en paix» doesn’t belong to me anymore. The music industry has got lots of money to pay for their lawyers, while I haven’t. So, I’m no longer allowed to sing it. However, you can sing it !» Approval screams. The band delivers a powerful Rock and the crowd sing it in chorus.
1. EXPlanations for STEPHAN EICHER ‘S absence
We know the misfortunes of the Bernese (Swiss German) musician with his Universal Major label. Reason for which, he tells, his stage repertoire has been for 5 years stuck to the same hits with no new released records. How can it sounds positive to us instead of the bitter experience he had. Since digitalisation, he said he didn’t like the way his contract was changed…but he didn’t ask for more money or music rights. However, he was lucky enough that his existing repertoire allowed him to tour with new shows rearranging his songs and offering new tracks.
2. ABOUT STEPHAN EICHER
Since more than 30 years, Stephan Eicher experiments and challenges himself musically. First, synthetic music with Grauzone and its techno-pop, then at the beginning of the 80s he tries out the rock experience. Then he goes for ballad songs, uses more classic or traditional instruments he associates with modern sounds and rhythms to offer a varied and rich discography.
3. His new album
This time, Stephan Eicher also comes back with new «Homeless songs» album (Polydor) composed of original tracks and of course a new show. He surrounds himself with a quartet to tell his new story, centered on acoustic and classic instrumental music.
In his own terms, this tour brings «not just 5 years of imposed ice skating figures but also introduce us to free skating.» Homeless songs do not have any place in the current music industry. They live elsewhere and sleep outside. This is in no way offensive , even the opposite ! These songs are like small stones children pick up along the river. For an adult, impossible to understand what guided the child’s choice. Was it the pleasant refreshing feeling of the stone ? A small pattern on the surface ? A weird or funny shape ? The fate ? These songs hope to create a relaxing, comfortable space, a dreaming pause.
4. His musicians during this 2020 tour
For this concert, he is accompanied by 4 independent musicians :
Reyn Ouwehand, pianist, film Composer and multi-instrumentalist from Netherlands, who is the opening act.
Heidi Happy, Swiss singer and multi instrumentalist (vocals, guitars, cello, mandolin, xylophone).
Baptiste Germser, French horn (cor en français) and bass player and music producer.
Reyn played several piano tracks for us and I recorded two of them. Although I do not know the song titles, feel free to add them in the comment section below this blog post!
Obviously, Reyn continued playing for Stephan Eicher throughout his concert!
b) Dominique Regeff
Then there was a special guest, Dominique Regeff, French improvisor, composer, and musician specialising in stringed instruments. He came to play the hurdy gurdy (vielle en français) on the ‘Rivière’ song from Stephan Eicher. In this audio recording, Stephan introduces him and how they collaborate together.
c) Stephan Eicher
Finally, amongst other songs, I recorded these songs in audio and video versions. Once again, if any of you know the track title for his Swiss German song, drop the info in the comment section! He sings in French, Swiss German as well as English.
Here, you will recognise his very first hit in France!
And other well known French tracks!
In this below track, he asked us to put a timer on this song to prove that it’s difficult to record a full song in less than 3 minutes, which are the requirements of the music industry.
This article was written by Jean Gabriel, Professional Musician and Chief Editor@ NuMusician. It is a helpful resource providing you with 9 highly actionable ways to promote your music in 2020 with video explanations.
‘If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?’
It’s an age-old riddle, and the thought process behind it can be applied to a wide variety of situations. You could take it and rephrase it this way:
‘If I am creating the best music around, and no one is around to hear it…then who cares?’
Whether you’re a solo act or a full-blown band unit, artists that are creating original music face a big challenge – how can you get your music out to the world? What are the best things that you can do to increase the size of your audience?
It’s an understatement to say that the music business has changed at extreme levels over the past 20 years or so. The advent of the Internet has greatly altered what it takes to make your presence known to a targeted audience.
The ‘old school’ approach to playing live as much as you can…then getting a recording contract with a major label…then playing some more to promote your latest single or album (ahh…albums – remember those?)…then targeting radio airplay…making promotional appearances…, finally repeating the whole cycle ad nausea…
Well, that just doesn’t exist anymore. So what are you to do?
Check out the video below which shows how the band ‘Radiohead’ completely changed the game, and where the industry is heading:
To expand on that, I’ve got 9 top tips on the best ways to promote your music in today’s culture and environment.
Many are DIY’s that you can pull off with a little elbow grease and not a lot of cost.
Let’s take a look!
1. Music Is Your Business – Treat It Like One
Before you do anything at all related to promoting your music and unleashing yourself on an unsuspecting public, let’s get your mindset firmly in the right place.
They call it the music business for a reason, and let’s be perfectly clear – it IS a business, regardless of your artistic ambitions. That being said, if what you want is to make your own recordings and distribute them freely just for the sake of artistic integrity, then, by all means, you should do just that.
But if you’re looking for more, as in ‘making your living doing what you love’ kind of more, then you have to approach your entire enterprise as a business. Every action that you take needs to be carefully thought out.
While it’s true that some of the things you can do to promote your music may not take a lot out of your bank account, they can take up something that ultimately can cost a lot more – your time.
That means you need to plan your attack for world domination.
Ensure that every move you make is destined to bring yet another step closer to your goal. If you treat your music career as a hobby, then that’s all it will ever aspire to be. Treat it as a business and you’ll have the focus to succeed where others may not.
Here’s another video which helps navigate the hard and complicated world of music, which after all, is a really tough industry to break into.
2. Build An Awesome Website
One of the basic cornerstones of your promotional strategy is to have a website. And not just any website. It should have a professional look and feel to it that imparts a sense that you take yourself – and your music – very seriously.
a) The Layout Is Everything
That means a lot more than just a single static page with some info, a less than basic graphics layout, and maybe a download link or two. I’m referring to a well laid out site that has separate pages for news and updates on your activities, downloads, videos, and contact information.
Basically you should plan to run the whole gamut – take a look at your favourite professional artist’s website and you’ll exactly what I mean.
Professionalism also means having a domain name that is reflective of how you want to be known. For the most part, domains are relatively cheap, and unless you have a very common name you should be able to get ‘yourbandname.com’ without breaking the bank.
The more simple, straightforward, and memorable your website URL is, the more likely your audience will be able to find you.
b) How Can You Create Your Own Website?
I can hear multitudes of you saying ‘but I have absolutely NO idea how to create a website’. Fortunately, you don’t have to go at it all alone. Many web hosting providers have website builders built-in, like WordPress for example. Alternatively, you could use something likeBandzoogle which practically sets the whole thing up for you.
If the thought of going the self-build route scares the daylights out of you, there are an unlimited amount of website developers that can give you exactly what you envision. Sure, it may cost more, but if you have a design in mind and no time to do it, it’s simply worth the investment.
Before you go throwing money at developers, take a look at how easy it is to do yourself in the below video:
3. YouTube Is The Biggest Streaming Service
While it’s true that MTV sure isn’t what it used to be(do you remember when they actually played music videos? Heck, some of you may not even know what MTV is), you’ll find a modern-day equivalent in YouTube.
YouTube is a great repository for any videos that you may wish to produce, be it a performance, a concept-based video, or even if you just want to have video messages for your fan base.
Creating a channel gets everything located in one place in the YouTube space, and you could target any other promotional materials to include the channel link as well.
Here is a great video on setting up a professional YouTube channel especially focused on music, check it out:
4. Establish A Strong Social Media Presence
Social media is completely ingrained into today’s culture. So much so that you could potentially be seriously shortchanging yourself by not having a carefully crafted strategy to take advantage of the reach you can get with just a few posts.
Don’t limit yourself to just one platform, either – it may be best to have accounts on all of the major platforms. While it’s true that some people are Twitterholics, those same people may despise Instagram with a passion…so if your focus is on IG then you may be missing a great opportunity.
Facebook always remains to be a social media behemoth, and having a presence there is almost a mandatory thing to do nowadays.
If you are fortunate enough to have some measure of a budget to work with, you may even consider investing in some well-placed ads to help drive up your exposure. There’s no doubt that approach can work, and work well if managed properly.
Check out this highly energetic overview of the various ways available to promote your music through social media:
5. Make Use Of All The Major Streaming Services
One thing – and a pretty major one at that – which record companies were needed for in the past was large scale distribution. Back in the day, there were really only two ways to have your music available: radio airplay and going to the local music store to buy a record (that’s ‘vinyl’, by the way), then moving to cassette tapes, progressing further to CDs.
The advent of streaming services has completely changed the game, and it has swung the pendulum in favour of the artist. Streaming platforms are becoming more plentiful by the day, and being able to use a digital format instead of a physical one has numerous aspects to exploit.
a) Which Streaming Platforms And How Do You Get On Them?
Which brings up a great point – with so many services available, there’s no doubt that going through and creating accounts for each one, then uploading your files can take a ton of time – time that would be better served actually making the music instead of managing its distribution.
There are numerous ones available, and most have partnered with a large amount of the ‘big guns’ as far as streaming services go. Individual business models may vary, but in a nutshell, you simply upload your music, select which services you want to use, and pay a fee.
These services will then do the distribution work for you, all without taking a cut of whatever proceeds you earn from each individual platform.
b) Benefits Of Using A Streaming Service For Music Distribution
First off, there’s no physical inventory to manage. That means no costs to make that inventory in the first place.
Second off, there’s no cost for the actual delivery itself. Sure, there may be some costs involved with streaming service accounts that have better feature sets, but those are minimal when you consider the logistics of actually shipping a package.
Third off, these services are essentially ‘cloud-based’. That means the files are stored on their servers, and they handle all of the traffic bandwidth. For a new artist with relatively little exposure when first starting out, that may not seem like that big of a deal. If you are a more established act, then having those mechanics being managed for you is a huge deal.
Fourth off, you can simply not ever worry about having to deal with a record company. Ever. Many artists have moved towardscompletely independent distribution, some with amazing results and benefits that they may not have ever realized if they were under contract.
That means, ultimately, more $$$ in the pockets of the artists themselves…and that’s kind of the whole point, to begin with, right?
6. Collaborate With Established Music Bloggers And YouTubers
If the Internet and – specifically – social media have done anything, they have made it extremely easy to network with others that have similar likes and interests. There’s no reason at all why that same approach can’t work when trying to promote your music – some of the connections you may make could have huge influences on your career.
Many times this type of approach is a ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’ type of deal. Collaborations are a huge deal, and developing a relationship with someone that has a substantial online identity can pay off huge.
It’s all about leverage – if you can seize the chance to get your music out to a large audience while being recommended by the blogger which owns that audience, then you could have a potential gold mine of exposure on your hands.
7. Attract Users To Subscribe To Your Email List
No matter what you do with your website, having a form where people can join your email list is an absolute must. There’s no better way to build your fan base and keep them up to date with everything related to your music.
Witha well-managed email list, you can easily let people know when your new songs are being released, or you can keep them in the loop as to your performance schedule. Some may say that a small incentive may entice people to sign up, and that actually is a great tactic to pursue.
I’d recommend offering something that a potential fan can’t get anywhere else. An unreleased song would be great – it wouldn’t cost anything to distribute, and you can get it to them as easy as having a download link included in your ‘welcome’ email.
All of that being said, take the time to maximize the exposure that you can get from your individual emails. Besides offering current info, you can include links to your YouTube channel or to social media accounts as well; you’ll have the reader captive so it’s a perfect opportunity to capitalize on their attention.
Also, I’d recommend making sure that your content is well written and is useful to your audience. A poorly formatted and grammatically incorrect message may be a huge turn-off, and you may have people unsubscribe just as fast as they joined.
The point is to take the level of professionalism that you have invested into your website and carry that through to your email campaigns as well.
8. Find A Great Publicist And/Or Digital Marketing Specialist
All of the tips we’ve discussed so far can be, without a doubt, very effective in promoting your music to the masses. But yeah…it does take time. And money; maybe not a ton, but there is typically some sort of financial outlay to get some of these options up and running.
And, taking a look at the points on website creation, you just may not have the technical know-how to turn your website into a haven for weary Internet travellers or turn the universe into your personal Twitterverse.
But what can you do if you just don’t have the time or the desire to learn how to Instagram your way to success?
Sometimes it may be best to let your wallet do the talking and hire some professional help to do the heavy lifting for you. A good publicist and/or digital marketing specialist should have the savvy to manage your press presence and social media accounts along with keeping your website looking at its absolute best.
And yeah, I get it – it’s super easy to say ‘just hire someone’ without knowing what your financial position may be. But if you think about it, it would certainly be money well spent – having someone to manage that end of your business is a great way to let you focus on the creative end of the game.
9. Play… Play… And Play Some More…
While it’s certainly true that many elements of promotion simply aren’t the same as they used to be, some things truly remain the same and will never change.
Regardless of how the use of technology fits into your plans, some of the ‘old school’ trains of thought still apply. There is nothing that will truly replace a good live performance. Getting your music heard and connecting with an audience is an experience that you just can’t get from uploading your latest video to your YouTube channel or announcing your latest release on Spotify.
Music is, at its very heart and soul, an emotional thing that was meant to be shared with the world. If you can achieve that with an exciting and engaging live show then you’ll have a benefit that all the money and promotion in the world can’t buy.
At the end of the day, if you want to make yourself and your music is known to more than just your friends or the next-door neighbour that hears you playing all the time, then you will inevitably have to take steps to promote what you have to offer.
A well thought out strategy that combines the power of the Internet, social marketing, and good ‘old’ face to face interaction is a sure recipe for success.
How much success? That all depends on you – how hard are you willing to work to ultimately get the brass ring?
Fortunately, it may not be as difficult as you may think.
Technology has helped to transfer a large amount of control over your destiny from radio airplay and the record companies into your own hands. The ball’s in the artist’s court, much more than it ever has been – use it to your advantage!
And don’t forget to copyright your music. After all, the core of your business model depends on protecting your investment, and who knows – you may end up earning a ton of money from music royalties further down the line.
I’m keen to hear your thoughts and experiences. Have we left any critical advice out? Leave a comment below and share your knowledge!
ERA, the new-age musical group of the 1990s and 2000s, returns for amazing shows throughout Europe in 2019 and 2020. They provide a real musical journey out of the ordinary, brought by its creator and his 40 singers and musicians.
Former guitarist-rocker Eric Levi begins composing film scores in the early 1990s. Shortly thereafter he creates Era, a project that fuses Gregorian Chant-style choral singing with rock beats, in the style of Enigma’s MCMXC A.D.
Era (styled as +eRa+, an acronym for “Enminential Rhythm of the Ancestors”) uses lyrics (by Guy Protheroe) which, although similar to Greek or Latin, are, in fact, deliberately devoid of any exact meaning. Lyrics are also partially based on beliefs of the 13th century French Christians, the Cathars.
Furthermore, Era’s live shows and music videos often feature artists dressed in medieval or traditional clothes and armour. For the ‘Ameno’ song, Eric Lévi draws his inspiration while visiting the Collioure castle, South West of France.
Indeed, 22 years after the triumph of their first album, Era comes back with a family-oriented and enchanting performance. They dive into the group’s fantasmagorical universe that sold more
Additionally, Era sells out in 2019 and adds more touring dates and cities for 2020 throughout France, Belgium and Russia. You can book your tickets or buy their albums directly on their website.
In the meantime, enjoy this slideshow and videos taken at the live concert in Zénith Toulouse in November 2019.
Circus On Ice: The Big Show in Toulouse takes place from the end of October until 11th November 2019. The marquee is set up on the parking across the Zénith, a multi-purpose indoor arena, in Toulouse.
1. ABOUT CIRCUS ON ICE
This is the very first time Circus on Ice tours in France. It is an event in itself as much on a technical than an artistic level. Indeed, it is a technical feat, which allows the moving 9000 tons of material and more particularly a real natural ice skating rink and its touring showroom across France.
It is also an artistic achievement with the circus stars, coming from the four corners of the world, mix with the ice skating stars.
The show is largely inspired by big American shows. The mix of circus and ice skating enthrals as much as astonishes the public through an original enchanting Live show.
The traditional sawdust circus ring leaves room to the authentic ice skating ring. The ice skating circus ballet, under the artistic direction of Veronika Kushnikova, attires itself in beautiful outrageous and shimmering costumes and brings you along with a whirlwind of dreams and emotions.
The show has around a dozen international artists in various realms working in fields such as balancing acrobatic, aerial straps, aerial loop/rope, acrobalance, ice skating, animal show, hula hoop, magic, juggling, clowning. Note, however, that I haven’t filmed everything.
2. CIRCUS ON ICE PERFORMANCES IN VIDEOS
Let’s start with a piece of ice skating performed by @allison.kymmel_official and her ice skating ballet company under the ‘Speed’ song by French singer-songwriter Zazie (note that the video isn’t upside-down despite the thumbnail showing otherwise):
Let me tell you the story of the must listen and watch Downton Abbey music score and film, which are both fascinating! I hope you will watch the film, or at the very least, watch the series listen to the soundtrack!
Indeed, the film draws its plot from the Emmy Awarded series.
The film tells the story of a 1927 visit by the King and Queen to the Crawley family’s English country house in the Yorkshire countryside. As the Royal staff comes to Downton, an assassin has also arrived and attempts to kill the monarch. The family and servants pits against the royal entourage, including the Queen’s Lady-in-waiting who falls out with the Crawleys, especially the Dowager Countess, over an inheritance issue.
2. Downton Abbey HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
While the film is ‘a work of fiction’, it does inspire itself from the real history to create the main themes throughout the film.
Both the film and the series are primarily set in the gothic Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England. The castle’s earliest history dates back to 749. Charles Barry, commissioned by the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon in 1838, creates the castle we see today, with work beginning in 1842. George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon, a British peer, and his wife Lady Carnarvon (born Fiona Aitken) still inhabit the castle.
The film is already released in some countries, while other may have to wait, as per this schedule. In some places, you may be lucky enough to view it in original version with subtitles.
Now, let me share you a little teaser, hoping it will motivate you to go and watch it!
3. Downton Abbey MUSIC SCORE
Furthermore, the reason why I also advise you to watch it, it is because the music score in itself is a masterpiece. It is a must-listen! The soundtrack to the new feature film Downton Abbey is scored by Scottish composer John Lunn. In a throwback to the ‘Roaring Twenties’, upbeat jazz arrangements appear alongside lavish waltzes, reflecting the popular styles of the day.
– a music set compiled by DJ Galletas Calientes and local DJ No Breakfast. They are meeting for the first time on stage!
2. DJs PRESENTATION
Secondly, let’s talk about the tropical DJ Galletas Calientes (Colombia/France) coming directly from the Caribbean Colombian Coast for everyone’s delight!
►►Galletas Calientes Records label creator, he honours us as a DJ within the ‘Mas I Mas’ Parisian community since the middle of the 1990s. Techno/Drum and bass DJ at first, he is also currently interested in the traditional folk and electro music fusion…
Since he lives in Colombia, his music culture is enhanced with Latin and tropical rhythms. He collaborates with labels and artists at the forefront of the Colombian stage such as:
For this festival, he offers you a trip through frenzied rhythms around a set coming directly from the best Picós of the Colombian Caribbean Coast!
And with him, the unmissable and legendary local DJ No Breakfast we no longer introduce due to his reputation of vinyl’s digger and music nights entertainer in the pink town of Toulouse.
►► DJ No Breakfast offers us a wonderful Caribbean set on his vinyl collector discs.
Then let’s move on to a more detailed programme.
►► 7 pm:
‘Champeta’ dance entertainment by Anika. Champeta is a Caribbean Colombian Music of African influence. I’m afraid I do not have videos of this, as I came to the event at 9 pm. But I have filmed their music performance!
A fresco from a collaboration between Colombian artist Soma and a local artist Natsvit.
‘Hasta Abajo!’ is a series of street posters at the image of the Picó nights announcers. They are produced by the photographer Leslie Moquin in partnership with Locombia Festival.
First of all, are you ready for the most epic Groove festival? I surely hope so!
After having played groove music in a good few cultural bars in Toulouse, the Groove Festival Box 2 #FeelingGrooveFestival invites the whole family and thinks big!
1. The location
Besides, the Groove Festival is organised at La Cartoucherie market building and exhibition hall, a now well-known third place by Toulousians.
2. THE PROGRAMME
Then, you can find the following entertainment activities during the weekend of 22nd and 23rd june 2019 for only 5 Euros:
Roller disco (3 € for rollerskates rental)
100% women hip-hop dance battles
Graffitis, Street art and painting exhibitions
3. STREET ARTS EXHIBITION WALLS
Additionally, for the occasion, exhibition walls Bullet Factory from ExpoCity by Cisart are visible all day long for free! This is one of the last occasions to admire the graff collective exhibition from 40 artists. They are present since November 2018 on more than 1000 squaremeters walls in the Cartoucherie exhibition hall.
4. PHOTO EXHIBITION
Furthermore, there is also a photo exhibition unrelated to the festival called ‘Ce que je suis‘. It is also a collaborative project presented by inhabitants from Brax, Cugnaux, L’Union et Launaguet (towns surrounding Toulouse).
It is a reflection on our self-image/persona and how we would like to be seen by others. The project offers us two outlooks of the same person.
However, please note that I have only attended some of the Saturday sessions. So, let me go through that day programme and events I attended :
7.30pm: Rap and Beat Box Interlude with Dax Santos and Paolo.
5. PRACTICAL INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS
Finally, within the scope of the eco-neighbourhood, car parking on the public highways is voluntarily restricted. But , an Indigo parking is located 200 meters from the exhibition hall.
In this respect, we strongly encourage you to come with Tisséo public transports, or your bike, scooter or skate to join us!
Tram Lines T1 & T2 – Arrêt Casselardit Stop
Bus Lines 45 and Linéo 2 – Casselardit Stop.
Pedestrian and bike access : avenue de Grande Bretagne, then Casselardit tram stop, then go to towards the Charpark alley and Thomas Dupuy street in direction to the market building. Access to Thomas Dupuy street (parking at 200m).
First of all, Sol y Fiesta is an international street festival organised every year in Leucate, South West of France during the first weekend of June.
But I have only attended this year’s edition. Nonetheless, it was a truly enjoyable sunny, lively and busy day with so many people coming all the way from Spain or the surrounding of Leucate to join the Sol y Fiesta festival.
I will obviously share with you what I have recorded rather than the whole programme as I want you to feel part of it!
1. Brass Bands
So, like every year, there are many brass bands playing in the streets. I admit I didn’t film or take many pictures of these, as there are little more commonplace in other street festivals.
However, I did film one, it’s the Latin 66 brass band partnered with World Fusion charity. The Latin Art 66 is a South American music band. The company interprets musical and artistic arrangements by walking down the streets with singers-guitarists, brass and traditional instruments such as Peruvian pan flutes and charango (lute). They keep you dancing and singing until exhaustion!
Then, you could enjoy this original set up for an international show parade, i.e a piano up in the air floating while a lady is playing it! This pianist plays live classic and Disney melodies to the enthusiasm of her audience!
Here are a couple of picture and videos I’m sharing with you below.
Additionally, the pianist is accompanied by ‘Las Falleras’, queens celebrating spring, that come purposefully to the festival all the way from Valencia, Spain. They are all wearing their traditional costumes.
Besides these shows, there is this theatre performance created in 2013 consisting of 15 hybrid characters in 12 unique plastic worlds.
The unreal characters are a people parallel to humans; we do not know if it is a millennial civilisation, a futuristic tribe or an unknown species.
Have they lived with us forever without us being able to meet them? Are they the hybrid image of our future mutation?
Their activities are hopes tending towards the world around us. Like the ‘Childhood Pamperer’ who opens the door of our past recklessness, the ‘Absentees’ guide’ who connects us to our disappeared or deceased closed members, the ‘Heart Warmer’ of winters that cuddles our moments of sadness or the ‘Heart Mender’ who repairs our loves, each one of them works for daydreaming and states of being.
In a camp of fifteen huts, the characters evolve in strong and singular plastic universes. This wordless performance happens in the heart of the city and everyone’s daily life, offering a moment hanging on between imaginations and questioning, to connect us to ourselves.
Here is a slideshow showing the different huts and themes.
You can view a short video of the absentees’ guide below:
Gods and men, Pegasus and those he led to other universes. Towards Cassiopeia, towards Aldebaran, he is apparently a great white horse … Pegasus, the messenger of the Olympus Gods. Pegasus, with silver wings, leading forgotten stars to other constellations…
Open your eyes! Look at the sky! Watch them come over…
A light and airy dancer … a metallic sky like wings … divine Diva, Cassiopeia leading the stellar parade of Pegasus and its stars.
The crew for this parade show is made of 1 driver, 2 technicians, 1 acrobat, 1 lyrical singer on self-propelled structure, 2 waders, 2 percussionists, 1 dancer, 1 director.
Finally, discover an aerial universe combining beauty and grace in a ballet of air inflated and aerial animals that will surprise you … The 12 constellations of the Zodiac are represented carried by men in the form of air and aerial inflated giants.
This parade is filled with poetry, impressive volumes and technicians with shimmering costumes.
Give free rein to your dreams as the Constellations go by!