From March 7 until June 1, 2014, an eclectic festival will present music and shows at some of the biggest institutions in Paris. From the Louvre Museum to the Musée du Quai Branly to the Institut du Monde Arabe, these popular Parisian spots will be even more sought after as organizers plan special events for the Festival de l’Imaginaire.
Translated in English as the ‘Festival of the Imaginary,’ the event began in 1997, making this the 18th edition. The festival takes place over a period of three months and invites groups from all over the world who specialize in performing their own culture’s traditional arts.
In this way, those in Paris can discover the legacies of a wide range of ethnicities. Both up-and-coming talents as well as renowned masters are invited to perform at the Festival de l’Imaginaire. The performers come from a variety of art forms, including music, dance and theater — as well as ritualistic performances.
The festival kicks off on Friday, March 7th at the Maison des Cultures du Monde, with a performance of folk chants from Korea. Subsequent events include a concert of Berber music, music from the Mekong Delta, sacred music from Egypt and Congolese dances. A full agenda with dates, times and locations for all the events can be found on the website of the Festival de l’Imaginaire.
Guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg during the springtime can add a traditional world music concert to their agendas by checking out the Festival de l’Imaginaire. With rooms close to one of the participating museums, the Musée du Quai Branly, the festival is just a stroll away.