Marseille entrusts the programming of its cultural “Summer” to a Lyon construction | EUROtoday

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A poster announcing Marseille Summer, on the port, in Marseille, in 2021.

The alternative won’t appease the local weather of incomprehension which reigns within the Marseille cultural neighborhood concerning the brand new municipal group. In 2024, the programming and engineering of the Marseille Summer, a flagship occasion within the occasions coverage of left-wing mayor Benoît Payan, will probably be carried out by the Lyon firm B-PM. In this Olympic 12 months, the place it’s internet hosting the Paris 2024 crusing and soccer occasions, Marseille has chosen to entrust its complete summer season mission to this creative consulting company co-led by Pierre-Marie Oullion, one of many founders of the Lyon competition. Nuits Sonores, and Baptiste Pinsard, its creative director. This cooperative firm – in partnership with the Taverne Gutenberg affiliation, additionally based mostly in Lyon – was appointed following a market with an tailored process (mapa) launched on September 30 and closed on November 6, 2023.

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Created in 2020, the Marseille Summer, which incorporates cultural, sporting and leisure parts, is experiencing rising success. In 2023, free exhibits by the National Ballet of Marseille, rapper Soolking and Enrico Macias on the floating stage moored within the Old Port, attracted tens of hundreds of individuals.

In December 2023, in his workplace, Benoît Payan welcomed this success and outlined the prospect of a cultural season that he hoped would see robust development however nonetheless be rooted within the native material. “The Marseille Summer costs a lot of money and will cost more and more because we want it to change dimension (…) And if I want to gain momentum, I will do it with local actors with collective ownership of this event”assured the mayor of Marseille, whereas noting the state of a “the world of culture is in great pain and is very attentive to what we do.”

“A specialized service provider”

If, available in the market specs, the municipality took care to specify that “the artistic proposal must include local artists”its alternative of a service supplier exterior the town to design the 5e version of l'Été marseillais contradicts the acknowledged need to help native stakeholders. “The ramp-up of programming in quality and quantity requires a specialized service provider (…) The B-PM-Taverne Gutenberg group was the only respondent to the call for tenders »we justify at the town hall, where we nevertheless assure that a larger number of candidates, particularly local, “would have been appreciated”.

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