The Festival de l’Imaginaire (Festival of the Imaginary) is an annual event in Paris that visitors should not miss if they happen to be in the City of Light during the spring. The 17th edition of the event is organized from March 20 until June 29, 2013, so visitors have plenty of time to check out the unique activities.
From shows to concerts, from conferences to exhibitions, the Festival de l’Imaginaire offers something to intrigue anyone spending time in Paris. Several landmark institutions — like the Louvre and the Musée du Quai Branly — are participating in the festival, giving visitors a great reason to check out the offerings of these cultural spaces.
The festival focuses on the peoples and civilizations of the contemporary world as well as the way in which these civilizations express themselves. Special attention is given to the most rare and least well known forms of expression, providing an atmosphere of discovery. Young creators and grand masters in the domains of music, dance, theatre and ritual performance can therefore take center stage before an engaged audience.
The themes of this year’s festival include Indonesian shadow theater, the Uyghur music of Xinjiang, the mask outings of Dogon and Bagdad maqam. For 2013, the Festival de l’Imaginaire is also offering the chance to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
As a result, guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg can learn about and enjoy the music, spectacles and cultures of faraway lands in a way that demonstrates the diversity of the major cosmopolitan city that is Paris.