“The situation in the Amazon is getting more and more serious”, worries Paulo Barbosa da Silva, director of the Maison Saint-Michel in Issenheim. A native of Brazil, he closely follows the situation in his country, where economic interests have alarming ecological and social consequences. “The Amazon is the lung of the world. It is a common good whose protection is the responsibility of the entire planet”, emphasizes the director. In order for the general public to understand all the challenges of this forest, which continues to burn every year, the Les Antonins association has decided to organize the “Les Voix de l’Amazonie” festival.
Four indigenous women will give their testimonies
“The cultural richness of the Amerindian peoples is a message to reconnect with environmental realities”, insists Paulo Barbosa da Silva. And so that this message is transmitted as well as possible, the association will bring to Issenheim, from June 23 to 26, four indigenous women who will invite the public to live “experiences with the head, the heart and the body”. Some of them have never left their country. The four women, Irleuza Apiaka (leader of the Apiaka indigenous community), Katia Barbosa (leader of the Mundurukú community of the Canuma River), Christiane Soares de Soares (lawyer) and Denise Machado Cardoso (doctor of anthropology) will give their testimony, start people in body paint, their dances and ethnic music, and participate in congresses.
“We will be several translators to allow fruitful exchanges”, indicates the director of the Maison Saint-Michel. “It is important that they can make themselves known and make their message heard. On the other hand, we will be attentive so that they feel preserved. It is not about presenting them as fairground phenomena. They have something strong to share and transmit so that everyone becomes aware of the dangers that the destruction of the Amazon forest represents for these ethnic groups that today are only 150, against 300 a few years ago, and that they lose their habitat. Beyond their own destiny, which is already more and more catastrophic, people must understand that all this will have an impact on everyone”, insists Paulo Barbosa da Silva.
Also noteworthy is the presence of the environmental law jurist and spokesperson for the “Or de question” collective, Marine Calmet, who campaigns for the rights of nature. With one foot in the Amazon and the other in metropolitan France, she is developing new responses to the ecological crisis, inspired by the intelligence of ecosystems and the knowledge of indigenous peoples. She will host a round table on Thursday, June 23 at 8:00 p.m., with the presence of the four women who will be at the heart of this event.
Artists hired for concerts, workshops and exhibitions.
Committed artists will share their art with spectators throughout this festival, such as the singer Marikala, who urges us to “rediscover our values, rediscovering ourselves with the nature that surrounds us”. In addition to a concert, she will give a writing and singing workshop. The same will happen to the slammer-rapper Thiebaut Muller, who deals with current issues such as the preservation of the planet, coexistence or peace. Also in concert, the singer-songwriter Lily Jung, but also the Échos de femmes who will offer a musical digression. The painter Martine Mattauer will exhibit under the title “Paintings, myths and legends of the Brazilian Amazon.” Also on the program, sacred dance workshops, film screenings and documentaries, in particular Green lung and red carpet at the Le Florival de Guebwiller cinema on Wednesday, June 22, at 8:30 p.m., as part of the “Avenir sur Terre” festival.
It should be noted that many schoolchildren also participated in this event, presenting research papers related to the festival. His work will be exhibited in the lobby of the Le Florival cinema from June 18 to 22, then from June 23 to 26 at the Maison Saint-Michel.
TO GO “The Voices of the Amazon” Festival, from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 June. refreshment bar Catering offered every day, lunch and dinner, at a price of €15, by reservation at Maison Saint-Michel, on 07 67 83 95 49 or 06 32 36 66 78. Registration firstname.lastname@example.org. Detailed program at www.maison-accueil-saint-michel.com/les-voix-de-lamazonie
ANNOTATE All profits from this event will be donated to the four indigenous women to carry out their projects.