For over thirty years, the Festival d’Ile de France has been brightening the Parisian fall by offering more than thirty concerts, including many commissioned works, all federated by a new theme each year.
The program includes world and popular music, but also ancient, baroque, classical and contemporary repertoires.
Every September and October, between 20,000 and 25,000 people embark upon this great cultural treasure hunt throughout the Île-de-France Region and discover unusual heritage sites such as castles, churches, historic theaters, old warehouses or exquisite parks. This specific match between music and venues provide a mutual enrichment and emotion, and is a promise of unforgettable memories.
The Festival d'Ile de France has also developed over the years educational programs for all type of audience. A hundred of lectures, workshops or masterclasses are held each year.
This year's festival is all about adventures, big or small, real or imaginary, near or far.
We are set to embark on an epic musical journey, discovering some truly exceptional individual destinations along the way. Travelling to us from far frontiers will be new sounds and new accents, those of Judeo-Arabic melopoeia, traditional Romani music or Senegalese mbalax.
We will become adventurers, explorers on a voyage of initiation to the very gates of the new world.
From Sub-Saharan Africa and Morocco with all their diversity, we will fly over the spine of the Andes with the airmail pioneers, or bask in the poetry and majesty of the cities of the Far East, made sublime by the verse of Adonis and the music of Zad Moultaka. We will follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo to the heart of Asia, or take a more intimate trip with a cello along the shores of Brazil.
Then, suddenly, we will begin to hear echoes of the heroes and guardians of the founding texts. We will honour Madalena in the Pays d'Oc, as Sibelius celebrates the ancient gods of Finland. The wondrous will open up before us and the imagination run free, as King Kong climbs to the very heights of the fantastic, and Guillaume Perret and Benjamin Flao dive down to the heart of the lost city of Atlantis. Closer to home, Vinicio Capossela will share his amazing odyssey.
This year's edition will take us on a journey of adventure, along the most precipitous, the most captivating paths.
Director of the Festival d’Ile de France