Printemps de Bourges reinvents itself in virtual mode

The first major music festival of the season, Printemps de Bourges was also the first to be canceled on March 13, 2020, due to the Covid-19 epidemic. But his music will still be heard from April 21 to 26 as part of the “Imaginary Spring”. ” Le Printemps de Bourges is the meeting place for a whole industry, a cultural ecosystem impacted by the crisis we are going through “Explain its organizers.

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To give a boost to emerging artists (70% of Bourges’ programming) maintain, at least virtually, the artistic influence of the festival, and make its music heard by its loyal public, “ was born the idea of ​​an Imaginary Spring where artists and festival-goers could collectively reinvent their stolen edition through original creations. Lives, chronicles, illustrations, they have carte blanche and their works are offered to everyone on our social networks

From Alain Souchon to Yael Naim

Alain Souchon, Catherine Ringer, Aloïse Sauvage, Philippe Katerine, Yael Naim, Jeanne Added, Tryo, Jeanne Cherhal, La Grande Sophie, Renan Luce, Emily Jane White… almost all of the artists who were to perform in the capital of Berry were present. They are showing the digital version of Printemps on social media on the initial dates of the event, from April 21 to 26.

Radio France will participate in the celebration to support the French music industry and canceled festivals. From Monday, April 20, every evening from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., Printemps de Bourges will take control of France Inter with the best moments from previous editions. Friday, April 24 will even offer a special evening, with a confined concert of singer Izia (Higelin) and DJ Rone. Mouv will also offer rap evenings, Wednesday April 22 and Thursday April 23.

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News and Chronicles to Support Francophone Music

We are going to be even more present than we would have been if the festival had taken place “Said Didier Varrod, music director of Radio France’s branches at AFP. Music has been more important on public radio since the start of confinement: + 25% during the first week of April, especially in the evening, for example on France Bleu, or on France Inter broadcasts.

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New products, whose launch had been suspended, will also reappear in Fip’s playlists. Didier Varrod, Marion Guilbaud and Bertrand Dicale will deliver their Un Printemps Imaginaire chronicles daily.

The idea is to “ consolidate the share of French music “, Mandatory on radios, but also of” increase the share of French production “So that copyright partially compensates for cancellations of concerts and festivals,” said Didier Varrod. The entire industry is weakened and income from music will dry up “Warns Mr. Music from Radio France. “ It is the role of the public service to ensure continuity. 2020 cannot be a cultural and musical dead year ” Spots will promote this initiative with the keyword # RadioFranceAvecLaScèneFrançaise.

Other support initiatives, the magazine Inrockuptibles releases a notebook “Printemps de Bourges”, or Tsugi Radio and the team of the eponymous magazine will take the air for special evenings. ” Spring will take place, concludes the Bourges team, in our imaginations, in our hearts! This year again, he is drawing an artistic promise while waiting for tomorrow to sing again.

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