This year you don’t have to wait until June 21st for a convivial evening soaked in musical sounds. MUSEfest, a festival dedicated to music and film created by women, will take place in Paris on June 4th. MUSEFest is the brilliant idea of musicians and singers Hannah Judson and Zeb Achonu. The concept launched in London last autumn with plans to become an annual event, traveling to different cities around the world.
The Ah Ha Moment
Hannah produced her first event “Grrrls in Bands” in Chicago back in the ‘90s, in response to what she saw as a very male dominated music scene. When she moved to France, she began curating art events with Stephanie Bouquet. They held a series of evening art exhibitions called “Big Bang” which included music, video, mail art, dance and lots of food and drink “Our motivation was to create something new, meet people, stir the pot, and throw a party.” she explains.
In 2010, Hannah met Zeb Achonu who was producing Balcony TV Paris. She had formed a Facebook group called “Mothers Make Music” created to inspire and encourage mothers to continue in music. As Hannah says, “Continuing with your creative life along with the demands of work and family is a really big issue. Many women shelve their creative lives for a few years, and then have to push all the harder to regain momentum. Some never fully make it back. When I began mulling over the idea of a music festival, Zeb was the first person I thought of. Together, we realized so many great, amazing women had inspired us, and taught us, simply by doing what they do. We visualized a festival for men and women, which celebrated women in music and film, art and more.”
The First MUSEFest
The first edition of MUSEfest in London last year consisted of live performances, a documentary about women drummers from MoMA PS1/Tom Tom Magazine, projected textiles from Melanie Moon and dancing to the beat of Dj Lay. The MUSEFest Inspire Award was attributed to Annie Lennox (collected by her daughter Lola) for her empowering work as a songwriter, performer and activist. A percentage of ticket sales were donated to the White Ribbon Alliance, a charity that works toward healthy birth worldwide.
MUSEFest in Paris
The second edition of MUSEFest will take place at Le Réservoir in the 11th arrondissement on Thursday, June 4th from 20h – 2h. According to Hannah, “The evening will weave between live music, documentary film, music video, art performance and a few other surprises.” Performers include Gaëlle Buswel and Lena Deluxe, as well as artists from the UK and the US. There are many more pieces to the evening including the MUSEFest Inspire Award and Dj Missin Red from Milano will wrap things up with dancing into the early hours.
Lineup: Music – Bunty, Lena Deluxe, Gaëlle Buswel, Neech, Hannah Judson, Jess King, DJ Missin Red, DJ Rachel Graham. Performance – Charlotte Chazel, Miki Okubo performing Miyuki Nishizawa’s “Newspaper Dress”. Video and Art- Melanie Moon, Amy ‘Mim’ Botly, Béranger Noyau. Film – Teale Failla, Lisa Jacobs
Who: Music, film and art lovers
What: MUSEFest 2015
When: June 4th 2015, 20h – 2h
Where: Le Réservoir, 16 rue de la Forge-Royale, Paris, 11eme
Why: For a fun, unique way to spend an evening and help a good cause.
How: Discounted early bird tickets are available on Eventbrite here: Remaining tickets will be available at the door for 15€