The exhibition recounts the stay of the Orchestre d'Auvergne in Japan from 30 April to 8 May 2017 on the occasion of the Folle journée in Tokyo, a Japanese version of the famous classical music festival of the same name, organized in Nantes by René Martin.

From 15 September to 13 October 2017 at the Mercure Hotel, 1 avenue Julien 63000 Clermont-Ferrand
From 7 April to 8 June 2018 at the Opéra-Théâtre in Clermont-Ferrand, 22 boulevard Desaix 63000 Clermont-Ferrand

[More dates to come]


The Folle Journée in Tokyo is the biggest classical music festival in Japan. Organized at the Tokyo International Forum during the Golden Week, the Japanese Spring Holiday Week, it includes more than 200 concerts, gathering around 600,000 spectators, numerous international artists and only two French orchestras, including a chamber orchestra: the Orchestre d ‘Auvergne, faithful partner of this event.

The schedule of the musicians is loaded: brief rehearsals and six concerts including 6 different programs, all concentrated over 3 days. Works by Schubert, Falla, Sibelius, Bach, Haendel, Telemann, Boccherini, Respighi, Mozart, Hosokawa, Orchestra of Auvergne are performed by Roberto Forés Veses and are accompanied by Japanese soloists or other musicians during certain performances.

The exhibition presents the work of Sébastien Lebègue, author photographer and illustrator installed in Tokyo since 2008.

The Orchestra of Auvergne, in partnership with the association It is necessary to go to see organizer of the Rendez-vous of the travel diary, proposes to the author to accompany them during the whole of their stay.

The latter notes the Tokyo daily of the cultural visits and discoveries of the orchestra which is immersed in the Japanese atmosphere before plunging body and soul in the concerts of the festival. Sébastien Lebègue proposes a reconstructed vision that combines the fluidity of traditional Japanese motifs with that of classical music.



Member of Tokyo-Ga / Forest Among Us, represented by Gamma-Rapho photo agencies and ANA, director of Akamaru Photography, and artistic director of Eclectiques magazine, Sébastien Lebègue is a Tokyo-based photographer and designer since 2008.

Attracted by the human and its cultures, Sébastien Lebègue produces photographic and drawn documentaries.

After studying applied arts and architecture in Marseille, he affirmed his photographic writing at the University of Strasbourg. He taught art in France and French Polynesia for ten years during which he created several personal notebooks combining photographic series with his sketches and written notes.

Independent since 2007, it is revealed in 2010 by two works published on the Marquesas Islands and on the city of Tokyo. Then he was awarded the prize in 2012 when he was selected by the Talent Exchange and winner of the Sophot competition dedicated to social photography for a report on the tsunami in Japan. In the same year he exhibited in London, Paris, Brussels and Papeete, and in February 2014 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, USA) for Robert Indiana’s retrospective.

In 2013 and 2014, he produced an integration report on the Coutume Kanak in New Caledonia, which will give rise to a major exhibition at the Tjibaou Cultural Center in Nouméa from November 2014 to August 2015 and whose productions will go to the Fond d’art contemporary Kanak and Oceanian (FACKO). The exhibition will follow roaming, first in Japan in Tokyo at Roppongi Hills, at the Institut Français and the Franco-Japanese House in 2016, then in France for a program in 2018 with Maison de la Nouvelle-Calédonie at Paris.

Since 2014, Sébastien Lebègue has devoted most of his time to studying and writing the book Coutume kanak, a book of more than 400 pages to be published at the end of 2017, between his regular reports and his photography activities in Tokyo.