Program

An overview of the activities on offer at the Enchanted Circle festival

Festival 6-11 August 2024

 

A participatory festival offering a space to meet and share music, featuring vocal improvisation and body music and bringing together 130 people.

A programme of concerts, workshops, jams, lectures, open stages, vocal baths, discussion forums…

Circlesong, body percussion, beatbox, intuitive singing, collective improvisation, free voice and movement…

Photo credit: Abdul Karim (AK) SANGARI

Participatory festival

A festival where participants are simultaneously concert-goers, performers in other concerts, volunteers on small tasks that benefit the collective, learners in some workshops, teachers in other workshops…

Photo credit: Abdul Karim (AK) SANGARI

Vocal improvisation and body music

A festival celebrating vocal improvisation and body music in all its forms: circlesong, body percussion, beatbox, spontaneous singing, free movement and voice, collective improvisation…

Photo credit : Kiko Medici

Concerts

Throughout the festival, there will be some programmed concerts and some others spontaneously organised by the participants; some concerts where you come as a spectator and some others where the spectator becomes a performer; some concerts where movement is invited to the voice and some others where you close your eyes…

Photo credit: Abdul Karim (AK) SANGARI

Workshops

Throughout the festival, there will be workshops led by guest facilitators and others proposed by participants.
* Some workshops will be limited in number, so come with the understanding that you won’t necessarily be able to do all your “first choice” workshops!

Photo credit: Abdul Karim (AK) SANGARI

Open stages

Throughout the festival, open stages will be set up, inviting you to take to the stage to explore this or that scenic idea, to perform with this or that person you’ve met at the festival… and to be watched at the same time by anyone who chooses to be a spectator!

Photo credit: Abdul Karim (AK) SANGARI

Jams

Throughout the festival, there will be free jam sessions where you can meet up with others through music, play with others, test ideas, work with a particular tool, explore vocal improvisation and body misic in as-yet unknown ways…

Photo credit: Abdul Karim (AK) SANGARI

Conferences

During the festival, conferences with guest speakers on themes such as “Musical Improvisation and Learning”; “Vocal Improvisation and Mental Health”; “Philosophy of Improvisation”…

*Non-contractual photo 😉

Photo credit: Abdul Karim (AK) SANGARI

TYPICAL DAY

7h30 – 8h30 : Activities
7:30 am – 9:30 am : Breakfast
9h30 – 12h30 : Activities
12h30 – 14h30 : Lunch
14h30 – 19h00 : Activities
19h – 20h30 : Dinner
20h30 – 22h : Activities

 

Photo credit: Abdul Karim (AK) SANGARI

Discussion forums

During the festival, there will be opportunities to discuss the world of vocal improvisation and body music and how it works: becoming a facilitator; the vocal improvisation communication network; gender and vocal improvisation…

 

No specific programme will be sent out in advance of the event. Come to the festival as you would to a funfair, to meet people, share ideas and discover the various attractions on offer. It’s part of the festival experience to be surprised by what’s going on and even to surprise yourself by becoming an actor of the event 😉

The aim of the festival is not to offer a pedagogical framework for vocal improvisation and body music. It aims to be a large-scale space for meeting and sharing vocal improvisation and body music. It’s a big family reunion where we get together once a year to celebrate this fabulous practice of the voice and the body.

2024 is the first edition of The Enchanted Circle festival. This will be a test edition, a simplified version of a festival. For this reason, many of the options usually available at festivals will not be available this year: the festival will necessarily be residential with food included; there will be no village of associations or craft market or children’s playground. One step at a time, 2025 will be full of improvements!