When? June 26-July 17 2016
What? Alternative summer festival incorporating world music archives.
Where? The Musée du Quai Branly.
Inaugurated in Toulouse and a regular fixture of the Parisian summer schedule since 2011, Les Siestes Electroniques – ‘Electronic naps’ – is far from the torpid affair that its name suggests. The concept is simple, yet strikingly fresh: upcoming DJ talent eschews the big summer hits in favour of sets that draw on the audio archives of the Musée du Quai Branly – in whose leafy gardens the festival is set. The result is an innovative programme of world music-inspired electro, carefully curated to shake your mind as well as move your feet. Oh yeah, and it's all free. One of the lesser-known gems of the festival scene.
The 2016 edition will take place on Sunday June 26 and three Sundays in July (3rd, 10th and 17th). For more information, including a full lineup, check out the official website.
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