During my master in management, I had the opportunity to design, plan and co-ordinate a local cultural project. With my fellows Joël Perrault, Charlotte Rodier, Fe He, Benedicte Isaia, we shared a strong interest in organising artistic activities and events within places that needed it the most and to celebrate local arts and cultural heritage. We also wanted this training opportunity to be the first stone of many others for future students.

So, we decided to constitute an association (association loi 1901) entitled Les Fêt’Arts with the following purposes:

  • engage with and support young people (students, artists) capture-d_c3a9cran-2014-12-10-c3a0-15-55-46to develop professionally;
  • develop and take part in emerging artistic and cultural projects;
  • promote arts and culture throughout organising public events;
  • help develop local associative and cultural networks by offering services to other organisations.

In partnership with the city council of Vitrolles (France), we organised a two-day-long festival entitled Ô Village… in June 2011, which livened up the ancient city centre up during two days of exhibitions, performing arts and discovery workshops.

As trainee managers, we were in charge of every aspects of this project, from conception to delivery. We were responsible for planning objectives, financial strategy, communication, artistic programme and technical logistics. I was personally in charge of the festival artistic programme and technical logistics. In addition to dealing with many priorities, I enjoyed collaborating with many different types of people, from administrative staff and city council officials to community leaders and artists.

Les Fêt’Arts has been continuing to organise events in Vitrolles city and at the University campus since.

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