Celebrating forty years of the Festival d’Ile de France! 

Marking four decades of shared adventures exploring the vibrant diversity of the Ile-de-France region, the anniversary is a chance to celebrate our unique, outward-looking identity, always reaching out in search of new meetings and dialogues between different repertoires and aesthetics.

Pride of place is given to new programmes and previously unseen creations, such as Vincent Peirani's invitation on a voyage to the Far East, Frédéric Pattar's dialogue with George Crumb, or Zad Moultaka's drawing inspiration from the Tibetan Book of the Dead. And while Fred Pallem revisits the film scores of François de Roubaix, Thomas Dutronc and his companions take the floor of the Cirque d’Hiver.

Along the way, concerts interplay with one another like so many diptychs. There will be a distinctly Portuguese feel to the start of the festivities, from Lisbon down to Brazil and São Paulo, which will be honoured at the Domaine de Villarceaux. Then come the spirit of the Convivencia, the lights of Cairo, the treasures of Bohemia and the poetic genius of Federico García Lorca.  

But what kind of festival would it be without dancing? Each week, join us on the floor for a series of intoxicating dancing balls: from the frenetic Ultrabal led by accordionist Fixi to the tarantellas and Italian music of the Bal Rital, via the unbridled rhythms of the Vent du Nord, the driving force of the new Quebecois scene. Finally, we will come together on 9 October for the wild and wondrous Bal de l’Afrique Enchantée, to officially round off these 40th anniversary festivities.

A milestone to celebrate without moderation!

Olivier Delsalle
Director of the Festival d’Ile de France

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Download the program 2016 here






festival d'ile de franceFor forty 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.


Criolo Festival d'Ile de France 2016 © Olivier Hoffschir

© Olivier Hoffschir