The European Connecting Arts project

The European ‘Connecting Arts’ Festival is an EU supported project, under the 2007-2013 culture framework. The International Festival ‘Toulouse les Orgues’ has teamed up with Connecting Arts for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Connecting Arts is a festival that circulates around multiple European cities. The intention of the festival is the renourish the organ’s repertoire, to create a new relevance of the instrument and to stimulate the creation of innovative spectacles. To do so, the instrument will be associated with dance, theatre, visual arts, cinema and literature.
Four European cities are at the heart of this adventure : Utrecht (Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Malmö (Sweden) and Toulouse. These cities share a remarkable heritage, and the willing to make it shine.

Each partner of Connecting Arts engages itself in producing new shows featuring the organ, all of which subsequently tour around Europe. Toulouse les Orgues is responsible for three new shows, two of which were presented in 2011 :

  • a show responding to letters from the composer Jehan Alain, written at the front in 1940, performed by Brigitte Fossey and Michel Bouvard
  • a show featuring spectacular vertical choreography with live video installation, danced on the walls of the musée St Raymond.

In 2011 the festival hosted two other shows : Folksong (Sweden) and À la pointe du Jazz (Netherlands).

In 2012, Toulouse les Orgues will host three creations :
Canto Ostinato
Wind Images
The last French creation, Organ and opera

The association Stitching Voor de Wind (headed by the organist Reitze Smits) launched The Festival ‘Connecting Arts’ in Utrecht (Netherlands) in the first week of October 2011. The festival then toured until the end of 2012, notably to Copenhagen, Helsingborg, Kristianstad, and Malmö (Sweden) and Toulouse.