Lyon17 — 19 may 2023
Nuits sonores Lab
HEAT Lyon, H7, Hôtel71
Nuits Sonores and European Lab will give the floor to mobilised artists, thinkers, journalists and activists who will present the keys to understanding the major challenges facing our world.
Over three days, this programme will offer festival-goers an experience – neatly complementing the daytime and nocturnal programmes at Nuits Sonores – in the Confluence district of Lyon, spread between Hôtel71, HEAT and H7.
With Lab, the musical programming of Nuits Sonores will be enhanced by idea debates, transmission and testimonies thanks to a series of meetings, interviews, workshops, discussion panels, audio conferences, radio broadcasts, artistic performances, training sessions, masterclasses and speeches.
For 20 years, Nuits Sonores has been sending out vibrations to audiences and communities thirsty for shared experiences, partying and collective celebrations. Bringing hope for a better future, these vibrations are formed out of the emotions transmitted by the artists onstage. This is partying as understood by historian Patrick Boucheron, who will speak at the opening event of NS Lab: letting go, breaking rules and inventing new ways of living alongside one another.
Beyond the festival, the same vibrations are resonating in territories at war, on the front line, in the street, online, spread by dissident, independent, sometimes marginalised voices. Throughout the year, in Lyon and elsewhere around Europe, these voices assemble at European Lab forums. They defend an ideal of freedom, fighting for their rights and our shared future. NS Lab – the Nuits Sonores forum powered by European Lab – will once more echo these reverberations over the course of three days of debates.
From east to west, people all over Europe are standing up to today’s uncertainties. These vibrant forms of collective action are emerging from art scenes and independent cultural ecosystems. Faced with the polarisation and brainwashing of all-powerful algorithms, communities of journalists, emerging media platforms and online radio stations are fighting to save our spaces of free expression; for proof, look no further than Refuge Worldwide in Berlin and 20ft Radio in Kyiv. In Ukraine, clubs, labels and artists are working behind the scenes to support their army, just like Nastia, a figure on the electronic scene who has given himself over to his country since the beginning of the Russian invasion. All over the continent, creative spaces and projects like Space of Urgency are coming up with solutions to contemporary challenges, from the cost of energy to the climate crisis to issues of inclusion (equality, parity, diversity).
The emergence of these vibrations is forcing cultural scenes to reconsider their place and the role they play at a time of such uncertainty. At the same time, the energy of these waves – which are at the heart of the visual identity of this year’s festival – gives cause for optimism. Far from any feelings of resignation, these vibrations will resonate throughout NS Lab, rekindling the joy of being together and encouraging reflection and action.
Becoming an Independent Music Critic
Christine Kakaire (Journalist, Germany)
Let’s Get this Party Restarted!
Patrick Boucheron (Historian, France)
Space and Dance of Urgency: How Can we Enable Access to Space for the Next Generation of Culture?
Bogomir Doringer (Dance of Urgency I Serbia)Lise Kingma (Space of Urgency I Netherland)
International Career Development, Management, and Empowerment
Jennifer Cardini (DJ and producer, Journalist) Béatrice Bonnefoi (manager and editor, France) Peggy Szkudlarek (show producer, France) Moderator :
Georgia Taglietti (ICNAC, Spain)
Carte Blanche to Mutant Radio
Panel 1 // Sound sustainability: How Live Music Venues are Taking on Environmental Challenges?A As the ecological crisis looms large, the question remains: what can cultural venues do to make a difference? This radio discussion will showcase concrete examples of sustainable actions that some clubs and live music venues have adopted. It will focus on sharing good practices that cultural venues are exploring to create a sustainable future, covering topics from slow-touring to energy management, without compromising any artistic integrity.
Garance Amieux (Le Périscope I France) Nino Davadze (Mutant Radio, Georgia)
Panel 2 // Shaping Tomorrow’s Europe: The Role Of Cultural NetworksHow do European cultural networks shape contemporary culture in Europe? What role do they play in supporting independent organizations and new generations? This panel discussion will examine how such networks foster a more diverse and inclusive cultural landscape and amplify the voices of independent artists and grassroots organizations.
Giorgia Taglietti (ICNAC I Espagne)
Nino Davadze (Mutant Radio, Georgia)
Mutant Radio Listening Session:
An artist from the Nuits Sonores lineup or a renowned figure from the artistic sector will share and discuss their musical influences in the Labo at Heat: an hour spent delving into record crates and mp3 collections, offering a new perspective on musical selection, fully annotated and placed in context.
Crowd Power: Using Dance for Renewable Energy
With : David Townsend (TownRock Energy, Royaume- Uni)
Carte Blanche to Radio Béguin
Mathilda Bonsoir (Photographer - activist I France)
Léa Courcelle (Artistic director Péniche Loupika I France)
Camille Viguié (Radio Béguin I France)
Prescription and Algorithms, who influences our listening experiences?
In partnership with CNM Lab.
Avec : Julie Knibbe (CNM I France)
Mehdi Maïzi (Journalist, Head of Hip Hop Apple Music I France)
Valentin Lecomte (Radio France I France) Moderator :
Yvan Boudillet (Utopia Music I France)
Another Perspective on the Ukrainian Cultural Scene
Nastia (DJ and producer, UA) Moderator:
Vlad Fissun (journalist, Ukraine)
Carte Blanche to 20ft Radio
Katarina Gryvul (Artist and producer, Ukraine) Stakhan
Carte Blanche to Standard Deviation
Building an Eco-responsible Soundsystem
With : Jean-Paul Deniaud (Pioche!, France)
Julien Feuillet (PIKIP SOLAR SPEAKERS, France)
Building your Own Community Radio
Moderators : Richard Akingbehin (Refuge Worldwide I Allemagne)
George Patrick (Refuge Worldwide I Allemagne)
How to get started in field recording with Shouka
Carte Blanche to Radio Béguin
Pedro Bertho (DJ I Brasil / France)
Camille Viguié (Radio Béguin, France))
Impact(s) and Future of Independent Music Journalism
With : Rachel Grace (Crack Magazine I UK)
Kwame Safo (Mixmag Blackout I UK) Joel Penney (media sociologist, USA) Tanya Voytko (Journalist I UA)Shawn Reynaldo (First Floor, ES/USA)
Post-colonial Narratives: the New Voices of Cultural Independence
In partnership with Canal180
With : Mariana Berezovska (Borsch Magazine, Ukraine)
Jesualdo Lopes (The Blacker The Berry Project, Portugal)Joana Seguro (Canal180, Portugal)
Christine Kakaire (Journaliste / États- Unis)
RA Exchange with Nastia
Nastia (DJ and producer I Ukraine)
Regional Sound Heritage and Electronic music
Deena Abdelwahed (DJ and activist I Tunisia)
Widad Mjama (Shouka, Marocco)
Carte Blanche to Refuge Worldwide
Listening session: “Unsung Heroes” with Funk Butcher
Funk Butcher (Mixmag Blackout, UK)
Richard Akingbehin (Refuge Worldwide I Germany)
George Patrick (Refuge Worldwide I Germany)