The 34th edition of the Belfort International University Music Festival takes place from September 9 to 12, 2021. A staggered edition due to covid-19, but which will still welcome 80 groups and 800 musicians. Small selection of concerts to visit.
Once is not custom, the International Festival of University Music of Belfort (Territoire de Belfort), the FIMU, takes place in September. Usually organized on the weekend of Pentecost, due to covid-19 and the third confinement, it begins this Thursday, September 9, with a FIMU Off-Piste day (see box), and will continue with three days of concerts. 80 music groups, selected from 1,800 candidates, will perform on the festival’s eleven stages. Brief overview of the program.
Flavia Coelho, the godmother
Sunday September 12, 9 p.m., Arsenal stage
For this 34th edition, FIMU has chosen to change the type of theme: since 2006, the festival has focused on a different musical instrument each year. From now on, it will be to a country or a geographical area. Brazil and Latin America are therefore in the spotlight for this year 2021. It is therefore quite natural that the organizers of FIMU turned to the Brazilian artist based in France Flavia Coelho. The first godmother in the history of the festival will perform on the stage of the Arsenal on Sunday September 12, at 9 p.m., in a new show, produced with artists from FIMU and with students from the Belfort Conservatory. She should also invite herself on the stage of several other artists in the program.
Las Gabachas de la Cumbia, rhythms inspired by Latin America
Friday, September 10, 9:45 p.m., stage at La Savoureuse
A group made up of seven women, originally from Poitiers, Las Gabachas de la Cumbia therefore honors the cumbiaa dance born in Colombia, a mixture of rhythms.
Aratan N’Akalle, the favorite from Burkina Faso
Friday, September 10, 9 p.m., Corbis stage
Saturday, September 11, 9 p.m., kiosk stage
Sunday September 12, 7:15 p.m., stage of the republic
Spotted at the SOKO Festival in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, a FIMU partner event for three years, the Tuareg blues group Aratan N’Akalle will perform every day of the festival, on a different stage each time. Originally from Mali, the group has been a refugee since 2012 and the political crisis in Burkina Faso. On the program: strong melodies, carrying a message of hope and sharing.
Kayan Project, Israeli flok meets jazz
Saturday September 11, 10 p.m., village hall
A sharp program, as only FIMU can offer: the Kayan Project formation represents Israel, but its members are based in Berlin. The result: unique sounds, where folk from the eastern Mediterranean meets jazz from the Berlin scene, and where Arabic, Hebrew and English meet.
Romane Santarelli, the electro figure
Saturday September 11, 11:15 p.m., scene of the savory
A “skillful mix between dreamlike techno and electronica” according to the organizers of FIMU, the Clermontese Romane Santarelli was spotted at the Inouis du Printemps de Bourges, and seen in the first part of Woodkid in July 2021. Promising figure of the French electro, she will perform at the end of the evening on Saturday 11 September.
Coda Nostra Big Band, the great jazz ensemble
Saturday September 11, 8:45 p.m., Jazz stage
On the Jazz side of the program, the Coda Nostra Big Band ensemble from Hungary promises an evening punctuated by brass and percussion. Guaranteed groove atmosphere.
Les Mécanos, male voices for a traditional repertoire
Sunday 12 September, 2.45 p.m., Saint-Christophe Cathedral
Traditional songs, songs for work, for dancing, or romantic strolls… The 10 men of the group Les Mécanos perform songs from the popular repertoire. Voices, which Saint-Christophe Cathedral will not fail to highlight. The interpretation of their most famous title, the Drunkard, will probably be worth the detour.
The locals, the residents
On the classical music side, theBesançon University Symphony Orchestra will occur at the Atria auditorium on Saturday September 11 at 4:15 p.m.. For an overview of their latest performances, head to their Youtube account.
The quartet Decibels & Co, who came from Belfort and trained at the henri-Dutilleux Conservatory will give voice, to interpret songs from films and songs from around the world. A delicate concert, to find the Saturday September 11, at the Atria auditorium at 6 p.m.
Besançon ERDFa young rapper, will perform on Saturday September 11 at 11:30 a.m., on the stage of La Savoureuse.
Find the program of FIMU Hors-Piste, on September 9, on the festival website, as well as that of FIMU des enfants, which will offer workshops around musical instruments, on September 11 and 12.