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Tour de Moon is a festival of immersive experiences and live events which revolve around Earth’s nearest neighbour and biggest satellite the Moon, often seen as a character, a landscape and a prompt for radical imagination. It’s the brainchild of designer, educator, filmmaker, radio host and amateur boxer Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian of Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios.

On 21st October the festival launched its open call to 18-25 year olds to apply for the 850 bursaries available (from £100 to £25,000) to bring their lunar-inspired ideas to life. It might be a piece of music woven with the sounds of the galaxy, a film exploring our relationship with the moon, a concept for a float or a digital installation, a script for a play, an online experience or a DJ performance.

With Tour de Moon, Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian’s principal goal is to amplify young creative voices and explore endless possibilities for alternative futures for humanity…

“Tour de Moon travels with the night, seeking new beginnings, to empower others to create, to initiate, to innovate with new thinking and pluralistic practices so that history does not repeat itself on and beyond Earth. In this cosmic night-time adventure, the Moon is both character and landscape, in permanent transformation and flux, to ignite radical imagination. We are an after-party of immersive experiences, new technologies and science innovation which supports decolonial practices, and showcases and celebrates the creativity of night-time workers and young people.”

Tour de Moon will award bursaries across eight programming strands: Moon Sports, Moon Press, Moon Music, Moon Cinema, Moon Bar (forum for discussion),  Moon Hotline (online content), Moon Convoy (parade) and Moon Experiences (live events). Bursary applicants also have the opportunity to collaborate with leading scientists and thinkers from NASA SSERVI (Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute), the African Astronomical Society, the SETI (Search for the Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, as well as institutions and organisations across the sciences and humanities . By distributing this budget among a combination of individual creatives, youth groups, and nightlife workers, Tour de Moon aims to distribute essential funding and provide a high-profile creative platform to a sector and demographic that has been hit especially hard by the impacts of Covid and funding cuts over the last few years.  

Closing date is 6th January 2022 to apply, visit the Tour De Moon website.

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