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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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