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23rd edition of the Festival de l’Imaginaire: summoning spirits

The spir­it that makes the Fes­ti­val de l’Imag­i­naire live on!

For more than 20 years, the fes­ti­val keeps pro­mot­ing the dis­cov­ery of the diver­si­ty with all its forms of expres­sion in the world. Many spir­its incar­nat­ed through­out the fes­ti­val: ances­tors spir­its, real or myth­i­cal, which inhab­its the Cape Verdean singer and poet Mário Lúcio who opened the fes­ti­val with an unpub­lished solo in France; fan­dan­go ball par­ty spir­it from the Sotaven­to region, in Mex­i­co. The spir­it of mar­velous that ani­mates Tai­wan’s budaixi pup­pets, music that the emblem­at­ic fig­ure of the car­nat­ic scene, T. M. Krish­na, or Far­gana Qasi­mo­va, vir­tu­ous ambas­sador of the Azer­bai­jani mugham shared with their public.

Nature spir­its con­jured dur­ing the Dong­haean bye­olsingut, this rare shaman­ic rit­u­al prac­ticed every three to ten years by Kore­an fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Dolls-spir­its of voodoo or fer­til­i­ty cults will take pos­ses­sion of the exhi­bi­tion of the Festival…

Spir­it of places, final­ly. Pres­ti­gious, sur­pris­ing, inti­mate, her­itage… The places that host the fes­ti­val are var­ied. Thanks to the diver­si­ty of its part­ners, the fes­ti­val con­tin­ues its adven­ture in Paris and the region.

This 23rd fes­ti­val meets the jour­ney of great mas­ters that la Mai­son des Cul­tures du Monde once invit­ed and reveal young dis­ci­ples to whom they have trans­mit­ted their art. The trans­mis­sion of knowl­edge and the teacher-pupil rela­tion­ship will be in the back­ground of the inter­na­tion­al sym­po­sium “Diver­si­ty of imag­i­nary, tra­di­tions and per­form­ing arts” as the imma­te­r­i­al Journée du pat­ri­moine cul­turel, this year ded­i­cat­ed to music.

I would like to pay trib­ute to all those spir­its who made and do the fes­ti­val. And ask them to accom­pa­ny us for a long time. ”

Séver­ine Cachat, direc­tor of the Mai­son des Cul­tures du Monde - French Cen­ter for Intan­gi­ble Cul­tur­al Heritage


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