The Centre Pompidou in Paris kicked off its third edition of Le Nouveau Festival at the weekend. The art festival is set to run until the 12th March around several venues in the city.
Over the three week duration of the festival projects and works will be displayed in the Forum, Galerie Sud, Espace 315, Petite Salle and Grande Salle spaces at the Centre Pompidou. Visual arts, live performances, spoken word acts, theatre and cinema are all expected to be featured heavily during the festival, as well as finished and unfinished artworks.
More than a hundred performers, artists, writers, historians and musicians are expected to take part in this year’s festival, exploring “ways of world-making”. The main themes for the festival are childhood and memory, ghosts and spectres, dream and experience and teleportation.
The festival is the brain child of Alain Seban, president of the Centre Pompidou and Bernard Blistène, director of cultural development at Centre Pompidou and artistic director of the festival. All the events at the festival are completely free to attend, with the exception of shows in the Grand Salle, where seat prices range from 10 to 18 Euros.
Highlights of the festival include seven interdisciplinary projects produced and presented by the show's chief guests, Gisèle Vienne & Dennis Cooper, Paul Bernard, Pascal Rousseau, Valérie Mréjen, Guy Maddin, Elie During. Over 100 events are expected to take place during the three weeks, with the daily programme being constantly renewed as the festival carries on. Le Nouveau Festival has described itself as a “prospective laboratory of artistic creation in all its forms, pushing the boundaries of art and thought.”