“The atmosphere is unique!”

May 4th, 2012 - 

A small village between Nîmes and Montpellier may not be the likeliest venue for a classical music festival, yet the festival Aigues-Vives en Musiques proves conclusively that great musical experiences are possible wherever passionate artists and enthusiastic audiences meet. It also illustrates that the most charming atmosphere and the most dedicated fan bases are not necessarily always found in the metropolis.


Aigues-Vives en Musiques was born out of a personal fascination of its location. The founders Judith Ingolfsson and Vladimir Stoupel first came to Aigues-Vives as visitors and were inspired by the special atmosphere they found. They fell in love with the idea of establishing a festival in such an environment. It was a bold experiment at first, in the face of critical voices: could a chamber music festival thrive in an area that is otherwise known for its taureaux culture, wine and ancient Roman ruins and in such temporal and geographic proximity to the famous festival at Montpellier?

As it turns out, the answer is clearly yes! It thrives and flourishes far beyond the initial hopes and expectations. Currently, there are masterclasses for 20 students of violin, viola, cello and piano, sixteen student concerts over the course of ten days and many additional concerts featuring internationally renowned professionals for the duration of the festival. The entire village opens up to the music and becomes drawn into the festival experience.

“The entire village is a part of this festival.”

And this is to be taken quite literally: all the students are accommodated privately by the citizens of Aigues-Vives, and the local population is the most dedicated audience. For the duration of the festival, the sounds of chamber music concerts and classes are ever present in the streets and places of the village.

This close and intense encounter contributes significantly to the familial character and unique atmosphere of Aigues-Vives en Musiques.



TAKE PART | In August 2012, there is the possibility to experience this extraordinary festival first-hand: a few places are still available for the masterclasses. Application deadline is May 15th, so take a close look and act quickly. More information & application: in English (PDF download), auf deutschen français (website).


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Time to be Lucky!

March 29th, 2012 - 

Discovering Lucky Trimmer means getting ready for a roller­coaster ride through contemporary dance and performance culture: fast, open minded, embracing a wide diversity of styles – and always ready to dare an experiment. Time to look forward to the upcoming 17th production. And to welcome the Luckies on artoporta.


The 17th production in just nine years of existence illustrates the exuberant energy of the entire team. And this dedication pays off, establishing Lucky Trimmer as an widely acclaimed festival. The most recent call for applications attracted almost 300 choreographers from all over the world. A tough job to choose from such a sparkling pool of entries.

The result: eight stellar pieces will be presented in the upcoming production. In LUCKY TRIMMER #17, the audience will encounter curious insects, sultry samba, happy loners, die-hard couch potatoes, hidden treasures and of course, dance, dance, dance!

After years of nomadic performances in venues like Tacheles, Volksbühne or Maxim Gorki Theatre, the Festival has now found a new home in Berlin’s renowned fringe theatre Sophiensæle. If you are curious, open to choreographic surprises and happen to be in the area: do not miss out on LUCKY TRIMMER #17 at Sophiensæle Berlin – Premiere on April 6th, two further performances on April 7th.

For more information visit artoporta.com/institution/luckytrimmer

Exploring new ways of music performance

March 22nd, 2012 - 

In our January post, we introduced PODIUM – Young European Music Festival Esslingen to you. For three years, young people from various academic and professional backgrounds have been working on developing a new, contemporary performance culture. They have been working on conceiving new concert formats and communication strategies, while leaving untouched what is always the central focus: the musical work of art. In the following guest article, Katharina from PODIUM describes this year’s festival program.


This year – from 13th to 21st April – we are going to present our most ambitious program so far with fifteen concerts in seven days with fifty excellent young musicians from all over Europe. We present concerts all over the town of Esslingen am Neckar from the club to the historical town hall, from a concert on gym balls to a classical brunch. Often also including other art forms and synthesizing classical music with poetry, dance and new social-aesthetic frameworks.


The festival starts with an opening concert which is everything but a usual opening concert! It is a story which only music can tell. The musical suspense is interwoven and flanked by poems and texts create a gripping dramatic composition that reveals musical poetry of the last 130 years. In the end one discovers that after everything is said, Johann Sebastian Bach still has an infinite amount to say.


One of this year’s highlights is the cooperation with the Bundesjugendballett (German National Youth Ballet). The ensemble’s own choreographies to Schubert and that of the young extraordinary dancer and choreographer Sasha Riva lend the live music a new dimension of expression.


The concert Erlebtes Leben (Life Experienced) describes the chronological stages in a human life in abstract musical form. But this concert is also a great deal more: Texts will be inserted to all life phases, banners hung up, performative interventions provided and projected on a dozen monitors throughout the room. Some of the contents will have been collected through worldwide crowdsourcing over all kinds of different channels, making this concert a multicultural flood of personal impressions on the stages of human life. To be part of this project send your own memories, photos or texts to post@podiumfestival.de or  post it on facebook. Find more information on our News Blog.


Already last year a huge success, PODIUM.360° is more than a concert, but also much more than an ordinary club evening. Everything is of the best: great music from three centuries, an additional live visuals installation and the prominent DJ and producer Stefan Goldmann (Berghain Berlin), who combines the live acts with demanding electronic music.


The monumental conclusion of PODIUM 2012 will take place in the fascinatingly lit up Frauenkirche,  with Mahler’s “The Song of the Earth” and a specially-composed work played by musicians distributed throughout the church.


We’re looking forward to seeing you at PODIUM 2012 in Esslingen from 13th to 21st April!

More information: www.podiumfestival.de, podiumnews.posterous.com

Tickets online: artoporta.com/institution/podiumfestival/calendar

Tickets in Esslingen: podiumfestival.de/pages/de/tickets.php

Welcome Institutions!

March 21st, 2012 - 

Good news: it is now possible to present your theatres, venues, festivals, universities and much more on artoporta with our new institution profile. Connect with your partners, feature your artists, engage your audience, present your work.

Illustrate your activities with image galleries, audio samples and videos. Publish your events and performances, including detailed information and links to online ticket services. Feature your artists – and allow visitors to discover great artists via institutions, and great institutions via individual artists. Provide essential information on your institution, that will be fully indexed for an intelligent platform-wide search engine. And this is only the beginning, additional great features and extensions are underway.

Visit the profile of our friends and early adopters from the wonderful PODIUM Young European Music Festival Esslingen for first impressions. And stay tuned for tomorrow’s guest article featuring the upcoming festival from 13th to 21st April – right here on this blog.


Please note: the institution profile is currently in a testing stage and not yet publicly available. If you represent an institution and wish to use it right away, simply contact us at institutions@artoporta.com – we will gladly be of assistance.

Inspiring encounters

January 27th, 2012 - 

One of the most enticing aspects of working for artoporta is the frequent opportunity to meet enthusiastic people, learn about great projects and get involved in creative processes in a multitude of ways.

Yesterday, we met with Steven and Petra from PODIUM – Young European Music Festival Esslingen. In the beginning, the creative minds behind PODIUM pondered a fundamental question concerning the presentation and perception of classical music in society:

“Why is it that such all-embracing, richly diverse music has been stuck with such an impoverished and unimaginative concert culture?”

Instead of moaning, they took matters in their own hands and started to provide an alternative. In 2009, PODIUM Festival was born as a young and modern way to celebrate classical music: curious, open for new formats, unafraid of experiments. The entire team behind PODIUM are volunteers, the average age is 23 years, the level of professional experience was accordingly low.

Nevertheless, they did not only succeed in having a single event – PODIUM established a highly regarded annual festival. And recently, they are literally showered with prizes and awards – which makes us especially happy, since it proves that enthusiasm and commitment will lead to great work, and great work is appropriately appreciated. And successful, obviously. We are looking forward very much to working with this team and supporting them in any way we can.

More to come, stay tuned for further updates.