Printemps de Bourges: Springtime's Highlight of the French Music Scene
The Iris Featured Country for April is France, and what a perfect opportunity to pay homage to the highlight of the year of the French Music Scene: the Printemps de Bourges festival!
Since 1977, Printemps de Bourges has been the city's main cultural event, chronicling the rich history and evolution of French music. The festival brings together both established and emerging musical artists, visual art, various workshops, along with the local bars, restaurants, and music venues (it sounds a bit like France's counterpart to our South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX - held around the same time of year too!).
Spanning a vast array of music genres from rock and pop to hip hop and electronica, roughly 250 concerts are held during the 6 day span of the festival (April 16-21 this year), and in recent years has logged attendance upwards of 80,000 people!
An otherwise quiet town, during the festival Bourges is home to 15 restaurants that partner with the festival to accommodate guests, as well as 15 bars that (along with 10 concert halls that hold up to 6,500 guests) host concerts from afternoon until dawn, drawing thousands of curious spectators into the streets. The city is proud of the festival, and the locals give Printemps de Bourge a feeling of celebration and community.
The festival takes place over the French school holidays, conveniently, as the festival attendees are largely young people (90% under the age of 35), and also provides a wonderful platform for emerging artists to be discovered. Les iNOUïS – the festival's curation of 30 emerging musical artists selected to perform at the festival, providing an opportunity to break into the music scene, via their New Discoveries label which partners for distribution with EMI France.
(photo credit AFP)
Printemps de Bourges sounds like an incredible time, and a wonderfully unique festival - perhaps we will make it there someday! In the meantime, we present to you a brief curation of our Iris Picks for the upcoming festival season - in Chicago, the US, and beyond!
Every festival season's accessory collection needs a floral necklace: this silk and glass bead creation from our Netherlands Collection by Ineke Otte fits the bill!
Our 1970’s Cuff Bracelet by Sue Gregor comes from Bristol, England - a notoriously artsy city - and this accessory is a lovely mix of mod and flower child for festival season!
These Silver Metal Tassel Earrings from our India Collection by Valliyan are not only a celebrity favorite - they are sure to make an edgy statement that sets your festival style apart from the crowd.
This bohemian-yet-edgy leather Moon Necklace from our Poland Collection by ORSKA was practically made for festival season!
Our Gold Astrolab Lip Jewel by De La Forge (from Paris, no less) lets you embrace your edgy side for a concert, without having to hide a new piercing back at the office on Monday.
Last but not least, our Orange Phase Bangle by Lynne MacLachlan from our Scotland Collection is an ideal neon-meets-optical-illusion accessory for an electronic set!
We hope that Printemps de Bourge 2019 is an excellent time for all, and is excited to kick off Festival Season in the States!
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