About the project
The project “Touch the Music – Music The Art of the Soul” which is supported by grant from Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway, is based on the idea of the authors that music is the universal language of humankind, which knows no boundaries and that music has enormous potential to connect. This unifying element is the main theme of the project. The project aims to organize a multi-day international music festival in co-production with the Norwegian partner Tou Scene AS and other partners and a ‘mini-festival “in Stavanger, Norway. These main activities of the project will be followed by accompanying events such as “Festival Echoes”. The project concept is based on a non-traditional approach, which focuses on the active participation of the audience and the public in the events of the festival, which aims to show music, sound and music creation itself from different angles (its origin, meaning and creating unusual sounds, use of materials and tools), particularly the production of non-traditional musical instruments.
One of the outcomes of the project will be a “play park” where these unusual instruments will be installed, the original artwork created for the realization of the festival. Another dimension of communication and international connections to ensure the public space concept is the “virtual window” into the partner country. The windows will be in operation during the festival, as well as before it starts, directly at the site of the Czech festival, and on the partner site, and thus will constitute a symbolic bridge that enhances the main idea of the festival – music connects. The main summer festival will have two 2 levels. On the first level the festival will bring together music groups and artists who will engage in play with unconventional instruments or their own productions, and who will be able to introduce them to a wide audience and to show the different possibilities of music production. These will include such instrument tools that aren`t normally associated with music, in the sense – “we can play on anything.” These productions should always represent the culmination of a full day of activities. The second level of the festival itself will involve the public in making music and sounds, through specific workshops and in the “play park”, where there will be different unconventional instrument tools freely accessible, and where the visitors will be able to experiment for themselves. In the spirit of the main ideas of “music as an universal language of humankind and music connects people” involved in the project, the Norwegian partner’s participation is a concrete materialization of these principles. The authors of the project designed the entire project so that in addition to the main summer festival a basically mirror minor event will also be held by a Norwegian partner and which will be co-produced by the partners. The complete integration of these activities with a partner will be enhanced by the “virtual windows” installation.
Incognitit non-profit organization is a voluntary, non-governmental non-profit association of citizens and legal entities, especially working artists, organizers and social workers cooperating in order to develop and implement human creativity through community work and all genres of art.
Team of organizers – David Matějíček (art director), Renata Lederová (project manager), Jiří Grauer (production)