Reinstate architectural space at the heart of musical performance: this is the aim of a new festival in Paris, Closer Music. By exploiting every possibility of the Lafayette Anticipations building, over three days it will enable audiences to see, hear and feel multiple forms of live performance that override boundaries between disciplines and experiences.

Etienne Blanchot — the foundation's resident music programmer and formerly artistic director of Villette Sonique festival — has put together a line-up that gives prominence to artists who are open to other creative fields (fashion, contemporary art, design) and engaged with today's political, social and gender issues. During three days, they will be invited to take over the different parts of the building, from the ground-floor forum to the platforms in the exhibition tower, and experiment with its modular, flexible spaces.

Electro-synth hero and ex-DAF member Robert Görl, producer Tirzah who inflects her romantic R&B with sound experimentation, minimalistic pop performance duo Easter, and the incomparable Norwegian vocalist Stine Janvin (plus more to come) will be part of a bold and eclectic programme, featuring music that is as carefully wrought as a quotation; a model for comment or to challenge.

A series of workshops (a fixture of the foundation's programming) will run alongside the festival. Throughout these three days, Lafayette Anticipations will become a beacon for experimentation, experience, pleasure and trance.

In partnership with Les Inrockuptibles and Trax.

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