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CULTURAL OLYMPIAD

CULTURAL OLYMPIAD

Rock en Seine is proud to have been awarded the Cultural Olympiad label by the organising teams of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games for part of the festival’s programme. Taking place right after the Olympic Games, and just a few days before the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games, the 20th edition of the Rock en Seine festival will offer an exceptional line-up to celebrate the links and shared values between music and sport. Besides, inclusion will be at the heart of this year’s festival, with enhanced accessibility to ensure the best possible experience for all audiences with disabilities.

Les Arenes du Rock with Bridgestone

Enter “les Arènes du Rock” (the Arena of Rock) with Bridgestone, Worldwide Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and rekindle the flame of the music-loving athlete in you. Form your team and challenge other festival-goers with fervour to try and win the tournament. The programme includes: a series of 5 sporting and musical challenges that will give you access to the wheels of fortune. Win or lose, all you have to do is take part and you could win numerous prizes! The line between the worlds of music and the Olympic and Paralympic Games has never been so thin.

Fair Play

Alongside “les Arènes du Rock”, brought to you in partnership with Bridgestone, a FAIR PLAY area dedicated to meetings and introductions to Paralympic sports, will be set up during the festival, where members of disabled sports federations will share the values and practices of adapted sport with festival-goers.

Rock en Seine Adventure – Sport Version

With the Rock en Seine app as your coach, you can wander through the wooded alleys of the festival in search of various QR Codes to take part in a life-size treasure hunt. Between questions and mini-challenges, put your brainpower and stamina to the test to discover new facts about the more or less known links between the worlds of music and sport. Climb the leaderboard to win the best prizes!

"Stages & stadiums – reflections of emotions", an exhibition with L'Equipe

Bruce Springsteen and his marathon concerts, James Brown and his legendary split, Queen, White Stripes, Van Halen and Phil Collins and their hits that have become anthems in every stadium in the world… Anyone who has ever been to an explosive concert knows that life on the big stage can be very similar to life in the big stadium. They trigger adrenaline rushes, sweat, tears, emotions and limitless commitment… It’s this infinite reflection that is highlighted in an exclusive photo exhibition created in collaboration with L’Équipe, inviting festival-goers to plunge into the heart of the parallel worlds of live music and sporting competition. Some are artists, others are athletes. Athletes often have the hearts of rockers or the chatter of rappers, while singers, guitarists, bassists and drummers like to proclaim that they are champions, my friend. They look at each other “in the mirror” through the lens of the photographers, and the countless similarities are revealed.
An exhibition produced in collaboration with Presse Sports, the photographic agency of the L’Équipe group, and Rock en Seine.

Photograph credits : Olivier Hoffschir

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Interactive art installation by The Blind

Rock en Seine is giving carte blanche to the artivist The Blind to create an art work exclusively for the festival. The Blind revolutionised the world of urban art by introducing the concept of graffiti for the visually impaired in 2004. Like the white sheet of paper on which Braille is written, the artist has developed an interactive art installation almost 15 feets high that hides a Braille message.

The Talks with Liberation and L'Equipe

The Talks stage returns this year in the heart of the ACT! zone (Agir Créer Transmettre! = Act Create Pass down!) set up in partnership with Libération and L’Équipe. The programme will showcase the body through a unique dialogue between sportspeople and artists who will explore the links that unite them when everything seems to oppose them. These bodies are invited on stage, in a theatre or a stadium, to give flesh to a piece or a match. They are drawn on canvas, sculpted since antiquity, immortalised in historical photographs. Each in their own field tells of beauty, grace and sweat. What are the limits of these bodies? How does sport influence the work of artists? Conversely, what role do music, literature and the performing arts play in the lives of sportspeople?

The speakers will include a host of athletes and artists, including Ladji Doucouré, Lola Lafon, Gabriella Papadakis, Michaël Jeremiasz, Pauline Ado…

All 2024 Talks will be interpreted in LSF (Langue des Signes Française = French Sign Language).

The Paralympic Flame

The Paralympic Flame will pass through the Domaine national de Saint-Cloud on Sunday 25 August and a torch relay will take place between a Paralympic athlete and an artist picked from the Rock en Seine entourage.

Join us on the Grande Scène (main stage), between the PJ Harvey and LCD Soundsystem concerts, to experience this unique moment, and throughout the 5 days of the festival to enjoy all the content, events and meet-ups created for the occasion.

Illustration credits : Paris 2024

Accessibility and inclusion take centre stage

Each year, Rock en Seine improves its accessibility measures for people with disabilities. In 2024, the inclusion of everyone – festival-goers, artists, speakers and staff – will be at the heart of this year’s event. As a result, many initiatives will be put in place, including social break areas, an image-prompting service for visually impaired festival-goers and the loan of vibrating vests for the hearing impaired.

On Thursday 22 August, Gossip’s concert will be fully translated in LSF (Langue des Signes Française = French Sign Language) by the collective 10 doigts en cavale, while Thomas de Pourquery, performing on Friday 23 August, will welcome on stage for a few songs an inclusive choir made up of singers from the Radio France Choir and five amateur choirs made up of disabled residents and carers from nursing homes and specialized institutes (Association Simon de Cyrène, HOVIA Paris 16e, ISA 13, Villa du Parc, Le Cèdre Bleu).

As part of the Parcours Campus programme, which supports young professionals and young talents in the music industry, accessibility measures and awareness-raising on inclusion will be stepped up.

Discover all our accessibility measures

The Mini Rock

Music and festivals are for youngsters too! Since 2009, Rock en Seine has been offering the Mini Rock without charge. It’s a kids-sized festival, away from the crowds, designed for the festival-goers’ children aged between 6 and 11, supervised by a team of child professionals.

This year, the area will be even more accessible, and the young festival-goers will be educated on inclusion and disability.

More informations on Mini Rock