The festival we have envisioned this year aims to be an intense, manifold and stimulating experience, to be navigated by instinct. It remains familiar, of course: still driven by its quest for emerging aesthetics, animated by the same ever-renewing momentum, always tailgating the latest developments in contemporary forms. But the curve drawn over the last two decades is inflecting. By presenting a protean lineup in each of the different festival venues, by shedding a communication whose categorisation by discipline is not always adapted to projects that keep on blurring the lines, Les Urbaines are inviting you to let go. Give yourselves over to discovery, take the time to feel your way through this edition as a space for freedom, encounters and experimentations. Share a collective experience, which is how the festival began in the first place. An inclusive experience. Indeed, this need for inclusivity is strong. It is carried by a generation of artists who place themes such as accessibility and empathy at the heart of their practice, who call for self-determination and self-help, and lay claim to emancipating and festive art forms. Their heartfelt approaches encourage us to sharpen our gaze, in time for an edition which we are looking forward to taking part in alongside you.
Ysaline Rochat & Samuel Antoine
Samuel Antoine, Ysaline Rochat
Samuel Antoine, Maud Constantin & Tatiana Rihs & Ramaya Tegegne (Espace Arlaud), Anne Lise Le Gac, Mathias Ringgenberg, Ysaline Rochat
Communication and programme texts
EUROSTANDARD Ali-Eddine Abdelkhalek, Pierrick Brégeon, Clément Rouzaud
PCL Presses Centrales SA, Lausanne
LEZARD GRAPHIQUE Atelier de Serigraphie Brumath, France