Paleo: The Festival of many pleasures

Sting, David Guetta, The Cure, Lenny Kravitz, Bénabar, Justice, Garbage and Kev Adams are just some of the artists eagerly awaited on the stages of this 37th edition of the Festival. Tomorrow, Manu Chao and Franz Ferdinand will have the honour of inaugurating six days and nights of festivities. As a complement to the rich musical line-up, particular care has been given to the circus and street theatre content, as well as to the artistic and architectural installations on the site. The Festival is sold out but 1500 tickets will go on sale from 9 a.m. every morning during the event on www.paleo.ch as well as at Ticketcorner sales outlets. No tickets will be on sale at the Festival itself.

As the expected 230,000 festivalgoers prepare to set foot on the Asse plain over the next six days, the last touches are being put to the various installations on the Festival site. A sure-fire cure for boredom, with its mouth-watering musical menu, everything is being done to ensure that the Festival takes place in the best possible conditions in terms of listening comfort, surprises and conviviality. After all, Paléo is a thoroughly human experience: you live it, feel it, taste it and wrap your arms around it.

So let's find out what's in store at the Village du Monde – the 10th of the series! – this year dedicated to the musical, cultural and culinary flavours of the Middle East. Around the majestic Flying Carpet, a delightful agora hosting shows in an intimate ambiance and, at the end of the week, a series of DJ sets, are coiled the stage of the Dôme, and food, craft and information stalls, all essential ingredients in what promises to be a total experience.

The south-facing slope of the Quartier des Alpes will be resplendent in metal lace-work, thanks to Monic la Mouche and their dream-like constructions, all decked out in fire and light, inviting you on an original, contemplative journey. Just a stone’s throw away, the Ruche will be a poetic hive of activity as inventors of all kinds from the Etablissements Dynamogène display their giant music boxes against the wall of sound produced by the crazy compositions of Mazalda.

For the 2012 Festival, the students from the HES-SO, who have surprised us each year with their innovative and original ideas, have come up with "Normapolis", a formidable stack of forty or so shipping containers, home to the 19 different projects in visual communication, hospitality management, architecture (built environment, landscape, interior), tourism, nursing care, physiotherapy and social work.

The Pl’Asse, a breathing space between the Festival and the Campsite, has had a facelift this year with an ambitious artistic programme, revamped food stalls and a special decor to reflect this year’s Guingette atmosphere, deliciously nostalgic and rural. Behind the Terrasse, the Musée has shed its skin and become La Galerie, an exhibition space dedicated each year to a different artists and his or her work inspired by the Festival. This year, the spotlight will be on the photographs of Pierre Descombes in an exhibition entitled "Paléo 2005-2011".

After last year’s success, Paléo is hoping that festivalgoers will once again choose public transport, sustainable mobility and car sharing. All information available on www.paleo.ch, with the routeRANK widget!

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