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Songs not Bombs

“Imagine there's no countries, it isn’t hard to do, nothing to kill or die for, no religion too, imagine all the people, living life in peace...”

Songs Not Bombs is a reflection on peace. Which is the nature of the anti war songs nowadays? How to sing relevantly about such a theme? La Monnaie invites everybody – young and old, amateur or professional musician – to enter the contest and follow these three basic rules: compose an original song, play it live, alone, using instruments, laptop or objects of your own choice and upload a video where we can see you perform.

Songs Not Bombsis created parallel to Shell Shock, an opera and dance production around war, psychological wounds and the commemorating of World War I. Nick Cave wrote the libretto of the work, Nicholas Lens the music. The choreography is created by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.


Send us
- an anti-war song, performed with voice and (non-)instruments instruments of any kind
- before 30 September 2014
- through our website
- format: mp4 & mov
- duration: max. 3 minutes
- language: French, Dutch or English




The winners receive :
- a master class conducted on October 4, 5 & 11 by An Pierlé and Marie Daulne
- the beautiful stage of La Monnaie all to theirselves during a final Gala held on October 13th, where An Pierlé & Marie Daulne will also play

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