Cooperative of European and international projects: back to Circostrada

As part of the 22nd edition of the Cratère Surfaces festival — Alès International Outdoor Festival — from 29 June to 3 July 2021, Circostrada, the Institut Français, the Cratère, Scène Nationale d’Alès and Occitanie en scène organised a Focus Territoires et Arts. This was a great opportunity for Occitanie en scène to include a plenary session of the Cooperative of European Projects in International within the framework of this professional meeting.


Circostrada – Focus Territoires et Arts @ Christelle Jung

All the organisers joined forces to create one big event. A significant and appealing programme was drawn up, with the challenge of sharing an unforgettable experience.
Through the prism of the territories, the challenge was to present, share and develop experiences of cooperation, artistic, political and inspiring citizen projects, making it possible for us to review and question the collective imageries that stretch across rural, urban and peripheral spaces.

On the programme were four plenary sessions, five workshops and a presentation of inspiring regional projects, providing the opportunity to illustrate the actions carried out by cultural structures from Occitania to the greatest number of people.
During two of the four plenary sessions, regional cultural players intervened: François Rascalou, artistic director of the Compagnie Action d’Espace (Montpellier), on the theme of « Living together », and Frédéric Sancère, director of Derrière le Hublot, Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national Art en territoire (Capdenac), on the theme of « Unsuspected wealth ».
Two other themes were addressed: « Intermediate urbanism » and « Territories with fragile ecosystems ».

The workshops were linked to the themes presented and highlighted the work of regional structures: Émilie Buestel, choreographer of the Collectif Sauf le Dimanche (Montpellier), Jean-Miche Caillebotte, artistic director of the Compagnie Star Pilot (Toulouse), Marie Antunès, director of L’Atelline, Lieu d’activation art & espace public (Montpellier), and Marc El Samrani, researcher at the Cifre, the City of Graulhet, represented by Marc Mirallès, elected official for culture and Vincent Portal, director of the cultural service, and finally, La Verrerie, Pôle National Cirque Alès Cévennes (Alès), represented by Sylviane Manuel and Édouard Dagron.
The time dedicated to the presentation of regional initiatives gave voice to the Collectif Random (Lectoure), represented by Zineb Benzekri, to Camille Daloz and Bastien Molines, of the Le Cri Dévot Company (Montpellier), to Florent Bergal of the Collectif G Bistaki (Toulouse), to Prisca Villa and Gary Shochat of Nuovo Cinema Neo Cinetico (Notre-Dame-de-Londres) and to Jean-Marc Broqua of La Grainerie, Fabrique des arts du cirque et de l’itinérance (Balma).

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Welcome words, Opening keynote « Soil, Fish, and Tourism: Art as infrastructure », Roundtable #1 « Living together » · Tuesday, June 29th

Roundtable #2 « Unsuspected resources » · Wednesday, June 30th

Roundtable #3 « Bottom-up urban planning » · Thursday, July 1st


For more information
The page on the Occitanie en scène website:  European and international projects cooperative

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