Aix en Provence 27 March – 11 April 2021
Special live online concert on 9 March by Renaud Capuçon [pictured] to unveil new 2021 line-up
The 2021 Festival de Pâques, Aix en Provence, will be broadcast in its entirety for free online.
After the necessary cancellation of the 2020 edition due to the global pandemic, plus the uncertainty around possible future restrictions, the Festival de Pâques – under the direction of Dominique Bluzet and Renaud Capuçon, with the support of founding partner CIC – has taken the bold decision to broadcast the entire 2021 festival online and for free, in order to ensure the latest edition goes ahead.
The festival will take place as per its original dates of 27 March to 11 April, with online audiences able to enjoy two weeks of immersive digital concerts via the application Inlivewith. One concert per day – 16 in total – will be broadcast from the Grand Théâtre de Provence and the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, Aix en Provence, at 20:30 CET. It will be the first time that one of France’s classical music festivals is live-streamed for free and in its entirety.
The revised line-up will be unveiled in a special live-streamed concert by the festival’s Artistic Director, Renaud Capuçon, – joined by Nicholas Angelich and Edgar Moreau – on 9 March – via the festival’s YouTube channel.
The festival confirms that the French government will allow journalists to attend the concerts in person, whilst respecting strict safety precautions. Subsequently, if restrictions due to the global pandemic are eased then the festival plans to open up the concerts to the public.
Known for attracting the world’s greatest classical musicians, the Festival de Pâques will this year welcome artists including Barbara Hannigan, Bertrand Chamayou, Joshua Bell, Orchestre National de France, Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth, among many more.
The festival has always taken pride in its shared and inclusive approach, offering free events to be enjoyed by everyone. Now in 2021, thanks to the quick reactivity of the festival team as well as the support of founding partner CIC, the region, and the Ministère de Culture, the 2021 Festival de Pâques will go ahead. The festival also thanks its cultural partners Inlivewith, NomadPlay and media partners Radio Classique, La Provence, Le Figaro and Arte, who have all come together to make the 2021 edition possible.
FESTIVAL de PÂQUES AIX-EN-PROVENCE 27 March – 11 April 2021
For full details and listings please visit https://www.festivalpaques.com
“A founding partner of the Festival de Pâques since 2013, the CIC is proud to have helped create a high-level international festival, considered one of the top five in Europe. 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.”
~ Daniel Baal, Director General of CIC
I tried to watch tonight’s concert but couldn’t stream it. I paid 5 euros as it looked like that’s what I had to do but it just says that the live boradcast is offline. It’s all very disappointing.