February 21st, 2012 | Ruth Brown Arts & Books | Posted In: Visual Arts, Theater

A Portland-Themed Festival in... Paris?

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Paris is holding a Portland festival.

The La Gaîté Lyrique digital art and modern music center and the Pompidou Center hold "city" themed festivals (previous festivals have focused on Istanbul and Berlin—y'know, real world cities), and in April 2012 it's "Keep Portland Weird."

The festivities will include a presentation from PICA; a lecture from novelist and screenwriter Jon Raymond; and musical performances from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Michael Hurley, Slimkid3 from the Pharcyde, Lifesavas, the Thermals, Helio Sequence, Nurses, AU, YACHT, Brainstorm, Dragging an Ox Through Water, Purple and Green, Grouper and Miracles Club (some of which is curated by MusicfestNW).

That's a better Portland festival than you'll find in Portland.

We do not speak French, so here is a Google translation of the site:

PORTLAND, OREGON, United States. Musical city.

For ten years, the city name has been circulating among music lovers, like Kathmandu at the time of Hippies. Portland would be the holy grail of music "indie", the city of treasures hiding "underground" and genies coming out of the masterpieces in secret, the musicians would find inspiration abundant and uninhibited ....

Portland, "green" city
The sap of ecology in the veins of its inhabitants for over a century. By 1912, the city put on a green urbanism and controlled. In the 1970s, Governor Tom McCall fixed geographical limits beyond which the city may not extend more: the town has to renovate the abandoned neighborhoods to best utilize the space available to it.
 
Portland, city nonconformist
What distinguishes the metropolis of Oregon is its people, their progressive thinking and creative. Portland is a town full of hippies the next century. A city for those who want to reinvent the world in green, a city of artists. Far from the stereotypes, imagine a little sister from Seattle with a mad passion for organic food, local, and community activity ...

We find this to be baffling but delightful.
 
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