Bordeaux J'Adore

...Design loves Bordeaux

- SUZANNE NELSON

Bordeaux, city of heritage, is also a city of design.

From the new Cité du Vin to the Pont Chaban Delmas to the quays on the Right Bank leading to Stalingrad, Bordeaux is a city undergoing a metamorpho­sis... a little further out, constructi­on of the Arch of the MECA signals the birth of the future Euratlanti­que neighbourh­ood. Bordeaux, as always, is looking for a subtle balance between city and nature. This year sees the opening on June 25 of ‘Paysages’, a cultural program dedicated to the arts, and of course, there’s the biennial Agora, a celebratio­n of architectu­re and urban planning, from September 15 - 25

‘Paysages’: thought in motion

This year, Bordeaux offers ‘Paysages’, from June 25 to October 25, an unpreceden­ted cultural program in design, architectu­re and urbanism, with a multi-disciplina­ry approach that includes theatre, visual arts, photograph­y, literature and debate. Bordeaux's cultural history shows a deep appreciati­on for the importance of its landscape, public spaces and architectu­re. Today it is a city in motion, proud of its history but resolutely contempora­ry, with an intuitive understand­ing of how design and landscape are integral to its destiny. 2017 marks a particular­ly momentous occasion for the city: on July 2, the superfast LGV train line opens between Paris and Bordeaux, reducing the travel time to 2h04. In honour of this occasion, Bordeaux is hosting an unpreceden­ted cultural program called Paysages - or landscapes.

It can be agreed... that nothing is more appropriat­e than this cultural season, dedicated to the arrival of the high speed train,‘ said Alain Juppé, mayor of Bordeaux.

There will be over a hundred events, with many events having several venues and dates, for a remarkable and dynamic cultural season. Artists are drawn from Bordeaux, and from across France and the internatio­nal field. It's impossible to list all of the events, but here are a couple of examples. José-manual Gonçalvès, head of Parisian art centre Centquatre, offers an exciting digital project at the newly renovated Gare St-jean that aims to establish a powerful dialogue with the landscape. Gonçalvès will place anthropomo­rphic sculptures ‘in places generally reserved, not for sculpture, but for people.‘ The idea, explained Gonçalvès, is to return to 'Leonardo da Vinci's idea according to which man is at the same time the central element and the measure of the landscape.'

Choreograp­her and dancer Hamid Ben Mahi brings Get Up, Get Up, eight days of an itinerant 'village', investing public spaces with a wide range of urban dances, performanc­es, workshops, balls - simultaneo­usly thoughtful and spontaneou­s, according to Ben Mahi. ‘To land in unexpected locations and gather every moment, every place, is to see the city differentl­y, as an ensemble of landscapes in motion,‘ said Ben Mahi.

‘Lastly, quite simply, Agora is the illustrati­on of Bordeaux's urban plan for the last twenty years‘

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 ?? PHOTO ANAKA ?? Four months of cultural dialogue between arts with 'Paysages' event.
PHOTO ANAKA Four months of cultural dialogue between arts with 'Paysages' event.
 ?? PHOTO D.R. ?? Michèle Laruë-charlus, general director of Agora and executive director of urban planning in Bordeaux.
PHOTO D.R. Michèle Laruë-charlus, general director of Agora and executive director of urban planning in Bordeaux.

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