Big Bang... for schools / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Big Bang... for schools

18-19 MAY 2017
Open up your ears! The European music festival for young people returns to the Onassis Cultural Centre to transform it into a musical labyrinth full of adventures.
Free entrance events and events with tickets (3-5 € per person)
For the third year, the Big Bang, the European festival of music for young people and adventurous spectators aged 4-12 years old, returns at the OCC. Our young friends will see and experience a vibrant musical programme, consisting of concerts, sound installations, and workshops.  At the Big Bang, musicians specialized in different genres and styles will try to find which is the best way to present music to children.

However, the Big Bang is not simply a festival that addresses children. It also presupposes their participation. In each event, professional musicians open a dialogue with the young singers and players. Some times it even seems as if they share the stage with them.

The Festival aims to entirely improve the quality of music for children in Europe through exploration and adventure. Children and their parents get to know portraits of renowned composers and kinds of music, learning more about poetry – older and contemporary – but also sound art. Productions are based on all the kinds of sound art, as well as on the creative use of objects, which were not originally designed as musical instruments. Through the use of multimedia, they watch and take part in concerts.

The European network Big Bang is an initiative of Zonzo Compagnie from Belgium. The support of the European Union made possible the collaboration of cultural centres throughout Europe. All these institutions have undertaken to work together for a common mission: to present the elaborate world of music in an imaginative and adventurous way, which is approachable to children.


Festival Curators: Myrto Lavda, Christos Karras, Wouter van Looy

Apart from the Onassis Cultural Centre of the Onassis Foundation, the Big Bang network consists of Zonzo Compagnie (Belgium), Centro cultural de Belém (Portugal), Nytt Konserthus I Stavanger IKS (Norway), Opéra de Lille (France), Centre for Fine Arts – Bozar (Belgium), Kinder Kinder (Germany), Instituto de la cultura y las artes del ayuntamiento de Sevilla (Spain), and MotorMusic bvba (Belgium).

The Big Bang music festival for young people is a co-production of the Onassis Cultural Centre and Zonzo Compagnie. It is also an action of the Big Bang European Network.

Co-funded by the European Union / Creative Europe Culture Programme

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The Festival addresses:

A young audience:
BIG BANG is suitable for children, as well as their parents and guardians.

An adventurous audience:
The Festival does not focus on a particular kind of music. A characteristic of its programme, such variety also aims to attract a diverse public, wishing to discover new kinds of music.

Diverse public:
The audience of BIG BANG reflects its programme. Diversity is central to the programme, which can only attract a diverse audience.

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