Creation of the cultural and handicap pole in Sud Luberon

France Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
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Short presentation

The ZimZam and La Bourguette associations expressed the wish to have a common space, such as a semi-rigid circus tent, in order to confirm their strong partnership. The objective is to create a unique place in France combining circus and handicap, open to the outside world and which will be anchored on its territory for the long term.

Goals

The goal is to create a unique place in France mixing circus and disability, open to the outside and will anchor durably on its territory.A strong anchorage on a territory in need of cultural places in South Luberon, the cultural places of creation, practice and cultural diffusion are more than rare and disadvantage the inhabitant population by depriving it of places of intellectual opening, exchange and creativity .With this co-portage, the associations La Bourguette and ZimZam wish to open the place, its use and its development to other social, cultural, public or private structures to make it an area of cooperation and sharing.

Contexte (territory issues, targeted audience)

The association ZimZam develops since 2005 circus activities in connection with the public in difficulties professionally recognized and economically stable. The association La Bourguette, manager of specialized establishments welcoming people suffering from autism, has welcomed nomadic marquees of ZimZam on its lands for 5 years. Circus workshops are conducted with children from IME La Bourguette, adults from FAM les Capelières and FAM from Grand Real.

Each year since 2013, ZimZam, in partnership with La Bourguette, organizes its festival (born in 2007) on the soil of the La Bourguette association: Fadoli's Circus. In 3 editions, more than 1,500 people were able to attend the festival.

The ZimZam and La Bourguette associations expressed the wish to have a common space, such as a semi-rigid circus tent, in order to confirm their strong partnership. The objective is to create a unique place in France combining circus and handicap, open to the outside world and which will be anchored on its territory for the long term.

Strong roots in a region in need of cultural places in the South Luberon, cultural places of creation, practice and cultural dissemination are more than rare and disadvantage the resident population by depriving them of places of intellectual openness, exchange and creativity .

Openness to people in difficulty is still too little present in regional cultural spaces. The purpose of this marquee is to make up for these shortcomings.

A collective project, with lasting partnerships. In France, a project that sees a medico-social structure and a cultural structure come together to create a place around the circus arts is unique.

Territory: village of La Tour d’Aigues / COTELUB, Pays de Forcalquier Montagne de Lure (15 municipalities)

Actions implemented

With this co-portage, the associations La Bourguette and ZimZam wish to open the place, its use and its development to other social, cultural, public or private structures. Aware of the collective challenge that this project represents, the two entities will rely on their networks to make this place a space for cooperation and sharing.

The big top :

A materially sustainable place, established over the long term thanks to a self-supporting metal structure, wooden walls and a canvas roof, conceptualized by a specialized company.
A space allowing the reception of public and artists in optimal conditions of safety and comfort.
A modular space that can accommodate up to 300 people.

A place of exchange:

A place of practice, creation, dissemination that can encourage the meeting of "distant" audiences, whether disabled or not. A multidisciplinary place co-managed by two associations, with the same objectives of offering lasting, quality activities, while opening up to the outside. A place firmly anchored in its territory, opening up to multiple partnerships with social and cultural players in the region.

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Action 1: Installation of the big top on the site of La Bourguette. Purchase of equipment. Creation of an internal prefiguration committee of the place

Action 2: Development of partnerships with the social and cultural actors of the territory.

Action 3: Work to recognize the big top as a meeting place, cultural and social exchange throughout the South Luberon.

Human resources and partners

Human resources : Part of the ZimZam coordinator position will be assigned to the project. The person in charge of administration will also have time dedicated to the administrative management of this project. The educational coordinator will also be the circus speaker at the new location, 80% of his work will take place on the site of the new marquee.

Partners :
- IME La Bourguette
- Rural Familial House of la Tour d'Aigues
- local cultural organizations

Other information

Project's start year : 2018

Structure

ZIMZAM (Non profit organization )
9 Rue Vian
13006 Marseille
04 136 59 06 35 zimzam.association@gmail.com
Contact : Antoine CESARD
https://www.zimzam.fr/

Supported by LEADER

Project financed by LEADER and supported by LAG of Haute Provence-Luberon (https://www.leader-hauteprovenceluberon.com/territoire-gal-HPL.html)