Bordeaux is pop. That’s the sound of cork being extracted from a wine bottle, right? Of course, but it’s also what’s going on in Bordeaux this spring, and it’s undeniably popular and “arty”.
As the only French festival that deals exclusively with musical documentaries, Musical Écran is showcasing recent productions in a competition that boasts a dozen full-length films. From a concert from the martial groupe Laibach in Pyongyang to the history of Italo disco, with some trap music and the taconeo flamenco somewhere in between, there’s something to cater for everyone’s tastes. The screenings (at the Utopia cinema) are mostly followed by question and answer sessions with the director or with various specialists. If you’ve got your dancing shoes, there’s an oriental funk night, an Italo-disco evening (Cour Mably) plus the closing night is going to be a crossover between “violent visual crime and the psychedelism of shock” focusing on X Japan, with a subtle brass band, the Pastors of Muppets, covering some metal classics. Sunday 1st to Sunday 8th April www.bordeauxrock.com The biggest celebration of Asian pop culture is in autumn in Bordeaux, however in the meantime Animasia is another big event in April in Le Haillan, where the number of participants is due to reach in to the tens of thousands. From cosplay to martial arts, with ikebana, origami and Yosakoi, this year the focus is on Japan, which means that there will of course be a retro gaming competition and a K-pop stage! Sat. 28th April L’entrepôt 33185 Le Haillan www.animasia.org The Bordeaux-based record label Banzaï Lab was founded to be a laboratory for musical creation at the crossroads of hip hop, electro and dubstep. Forty-odd albums later, it hasn't strayed from its objective, and it's celebrating its tenth birthday at the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon over two dates, notably bringing together Dirty Dike, Smokey Joe & The Kid, Al'tarba, Too Many T's, plus a dozen more artists. Fri 4th and Sat 5th May www.banzailab.com The first big festival event of the warm weather season, ODP Talence is enjoying an ever-growing success thanks to the quality and variety of the artists it attracts, bringing people of all generations and tastes together in a special setting: a French garden in an 18th century chateau. Moreover, the festival bookers pay just as much attention to the atmosphere, and all of the proceeds go towards a great cause: the orphans of French firefighters. This year will see Alt-j, Suprême NTM, Les Négresse vertes, Coeur de pirate, Ibeyi, Baloji, Gauvain Sers, Da Silva et les locaux Laurent Lamarca and Dätcha Mandala take to the stage. Parc Peixotto in Talence (Tram B) Fri 18th to Sun 20th May www.festival-odp.com The Bordeaux Geek Festival is organised by the same team as Animasia, bringing together several universes: comics, science fiction, web culture, video games and e-sports, parallel worlds that are all connected by high-tech. It’s taking place at the Parc des Expositions at the end of the International Fair. 19th to 21st May geek-festival.fr The seventh edition of this comics festival comes during a transitional year, with there now being three associations involved, organising two events per year under the same banner. In 2019, this is going to be a huge event for comics fans in this conglomeration, one which boasts one hundred authors and illustrators plus 12 editors in the sector. That said, the 2018 edition will be just as strong, kicking off on the 25th May with a 'graphic joust', with music and drawing (at the Rocher de Palmer), then a long weekend (at Darwin) with signings by guest authors, an exhibition, Q&A sessions with a dozen or so authors in residence in Bordeaux (Alain Ayroles, Hervé Bourhis, Juanjo Guarnido, David Prudhomme, etc.), shows for children and a festive, musical evening on the Saturday (Guingette Alricq). Fri 25th May and Fri 1st to Sun 3rd www.rgrd9.com One for enthusiasts of self-published work (fanzines, desktop publishing, silkscreen printing, etc.), Zinefest gathers local players in the scene, as well as international underground figures. The two days of the independent editors’ fair (Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July at the Marché des Douves) are preceded by Q&A sessions, there will be exhibitions and festive evenings held at Pola, la Galerie de Etables and the Café Pompier. Wed 4th to Sun 8th July zinefest.fr