2018 Theme

A New World

A New World”: Many composers over the course of history have left their native country, and sometimes even their continent, to go and live or spend a period of time in another land.

It is frequently for political reasons, particularly during the 20th century, that many composers have felt the need to leave their countries of birth, suffering under the pressure of totalitarian regimes. Fleeing censure and persecution, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartôk, Schoenberg, Granados, Albéniz and many others sought refuge in various countries that welcomed artists in exile, including the United States and France, with Paris, which was the cultural capital of the era.

History has shown that on occasions this exile was chosen, and not inflicted on these composers who were by nature keen to learn about other cultures and languages. The essential openness to the world, a necessary condition in the fulfilment of creative genius, has throughout the ages also prompted numerous musicians to travel to foreign lands. This is most notably the case for Dvorak, who right at the end of his life was invited to manage the prestigious New York Conservatoire, where he spent three years absorbing popular American culture.

La Folle Journée will cast the spotlight on works created through the stimulating collision of two different universes during the 24th edition of its festival.

MAKE A NOTE OF THE DATE La Folle Journée will take place from 31st January to 4th February 2018. 
The ticket office opens on 16 December 2017.