Aix-en-Provence: The Festival de Pâques goes virtual for 2021

PUBLISHED: 15:41 17 February 2021 | UPDATED: 15:46 17 February 2021

The Festival de Paques will be more accessible than ever in 2021. Pic: Caroline Doutre

The Festival de Paques will be more accessible than ever in 2021. Pic: Caroline Doutre

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The French classical music festival will provide two weeks of immersive digital concerts this spring – all viewable online for free

The Festival de Pâques, a music event that normally welcomes thousands of visitors to Aix-en-Provence each spring, will be going fully virtual for the first time in its history. The landmark move follows the cancellation of the 2020 event due to the coronavirus pandemic and uncertainty over future restrictions in France. It will be the first time a classical music concert in France is broadcast online for free and in full.

From 27 March to 11 April 2021, online audiences around the world will be granted access to a different concert each night using the application Inlive With. Spectators will simply need to tune in at 20:30 CET to enjoy the one of the 16 performances, broadcast from Aix’s Grand Théâtre de Provence and the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume. The Inlivewith application lets the viewer choose from four different camera angles to offer a thoroughly immersive concert-going experience.

The festival's founders Renaud Capucon and Dominique Bluzet. Pic: Caroline DoutreThe festival's founders Renaud Capucon and Dominique Bluzet. Pic: Caroline Doutre

Some of this year’s line-up has already been unveiled, including Canadian soprano-conductor Barbara Hannigan, the Orchestre National de France and French pianist Bertrand Chamayou. More artists will be revealed during a livestream on the festival’s YouTube channel with Artistic Director, Renaud Capuçon, on 11 March. A top French violinist, Capuçon founded the festival with Dominique Bluzet, Director of the Grand Théâtre de Provence, back in 2013.

The stunning interior of the Theatre du Jeu de Paume. Pic: Jean-Claude CarbonneThe stunning interior of the Theatre du Jeu de Paume. Pic: Jean-Claude Carbonne

Daniel Baal, Director General of CIC, one of the event’s founding partners, said: “In this particularly challenging period for artists and the world of culture, we wanted to go above and beyond our usual involvement and actively support the festival team in making it possible, thanks to innovative solutions, for the 2021 edition to go ahead. We are therefore very happy to be able to make the 2021 Easter Festival accessible to as many people as possible in a 100% digital and exceptionally free form.”

The Grand Theatre de Provence is one of the featured venues. Pic: Jean-Claude CarbonneThe Grand Theatre de Provence is one of the featured venues. Pic: Jean-Claude Carbonne

For more information, visit the festival’s website: festivaldepaques.com

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