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Closing the Gap roundtable four: Paris

Seine-Saint-Denis, France
The Seine-Saint-Denis territory and the Paris 2024 Olympics: what urban and cultural transformations can be foreseen, and how to ensure that civil society has a say in the process?

The fourth Closing the Gap roundtable took place in Paris. During two days of roundtables led by artists, cultural professionals and policy-makers, we discussed the impact of the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics on the local socio-cultural ecosystem. The programme also featured study visits and performances.

The event was hosted in Le Sample and co-organised by our member ALTER EGO (X), LBFA, and a group of students of the Master in cultural policy and management from the Institut d’Études Européennes of the Université Paris 8.

Find out more about the Closing the Gap programme here

  • Watch Beatriz García's keynote speech here

  • Read the event's report in English here and in French here

Thursday May 2nd, 2024

10.00 - 12.00 Roundtable: Paris 2024 Olympics: how are political and cultural actors working together to implement initiatives in the Seine-Saint-Denis area? With:

  • Marie-Paule Delong (Head of Cultural Strategy Department - Public territorial establishment Plaine Commune)

  • Jérémie Desjardins (Cultural Olympiad Project Manager - Seine-Saint-Denis department)

  • Beatriz García (Associate Director of the Centre for Cultural Value, member of the IOC Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission), Malo Garnier (L'Ecluse / Street Art Avenue)

  • Géraldine Szajman (Les Enfants du Paradis theater company / Ladies Football Club)

  • Dorothée Villemaux (Cultural Olympiad Project Manager - Regional Department of Cultural Affairs)

Moderator: Théo Majcher (ALTER EGO (X)); translation: Clara Maysonnave

12.00 - 12.30 Networking drink 

14.00 - 16.00 Roundtable: After the Olympics, what future for the cultural players in the Seine-Saint-Denis area? With:

  • Maryline Laplace (“Inspection générale des affaires culturelles” - Ministery of Culture)

  • Pierre Rigal (MC93 Resident - “On ne va pas se défiler !)

  • Yohann Turbet Delof (Director of Cultural Affairs for the city of Saint-Denis)

  • Matheus Viegas Ferrari (Doctoral student in Urban Anthropology and International Relations, LAVUE, PARIS8)

Moderator: Théo Majcher (ALTER EGO (X)); translation: Clara Maysonnave

16.00 - 16.30 Networking drink

Friday May 3rd, 2024

10.00 - 12.00 Study visits to Les Poussières and La Station - Gare des Mines

14.00 - 16.00 Creative workshop: Foreign artists and the olympics: a look at Seine-Saint-Denis