Rumeurs Urbaines, festival of storytelling and storytelling arts returns from October 2 to 25, 2020 for its 21st edition. The theatre company Le Temps de Vivre has concocted a "more than nice" edition: a full month bringing together this year 17 storytellers, singers and musicians around traditional and contemporary adventure stories.

Linking territories

Born in the Hauts-de-Seine, more precisely in Colombes, the festival has been radiating for 21 years. A vehicle for encounters between generations, it is present in media libraries, on music stages and in theatres. A diversity of places to meet both children and adults. Stories blend with traditional instruments such as the n'goni (Africa) or the kamantcheh (Caucasus), with soul music or the poetry of Boris Vian to discover new crossovers between the arts.

Crossing borders

This year's festival features several artists from the Paris region and French-speaking countries, including Eric Lauret from Reunion Island, Ze Jam Afane singing tales from the Cameroonian equatorial forest and Aram Tastekin, a Kurdish refugee in France. The eclecticism of the festival also includes the invitation of singular figures of storytelling such as Christian Pierron, a ch'ti offering zany stories punctuated by his accordion or the unclassifiable electro tale "Fleuve" proposed by a duo of Belgian storytellers. The festival team has found new settings for these stories: Caf'Muz, the Françoise Giroud media library in Colombes, the New World in Villeneuve-la-Garenne and the Jacques Baumel media library in Rueil-Malmaison.

Thinking outside the box

Always eager to give the spoken word its rightful place in all its forms, the festival offers this year's line-up to hear artists such as Kery James in an acoustic concert at L'avant Seine / Théâtre de Colombes) or Sly Johnson, another defector from the rap scene, indulging in poetry immersed in a luminous fresco. The festival makes it a point of honour to maintain its unmissable Nuit du Conte in partnership with the MJC-Théâtre de Colombes, with several artists including Rachid Akbal, who initiated the event.
During this evening where everything becomes possible, Lamine Diagne, Christian Pierron and Praline Gay Para unite their voices, instruments and accents to tell the story of humans, plants and animals. Stories from around the world to celebrate the living, together.
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