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Villeurbanne will be the French Capital of Culture for 2022

By press release March 30, 2021
Villeurbanne park Villeurbanne park photo by pixabay

The national jury appointed by the Minister of Culture, and chaired by Bernard Faivre d'Arcier, auditioned the nine municipalities and groups of municipalities shortlisted for the first edition of the label «Capitale française de la culture».

The nine shortlisted candidates were: The Communauté d'agglomération GrandAngoulême,bThe City of Brest, The City of Laval, The City of Le Mans, The City of Metz, The City of Saint-Paul de la Réunion, The City of Sète, The Community of Communes of Val Briard, The City of Villeurbanne.

Following these hearings, the jury deliberated and transmitted its opinion to Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, who is pleased to award the label «French Capital of Culture» for the year 2022 to the city of Villeurbanne.

«The first of the «second cities of France» as she likes to call herself, Villeurbanne, rich of its industrial history, a young and growing city, chose youth as its strength and target of its urban cultural project. The City intends to renew its tradition of popular education and innovate in its actions of artistic and cultural education. It intends to rely on its little-known heritage, its associative forces, as well as the major cultural institutions and university resources present in its territory.”

The Minister of Culture congratulates the City of Villeurbanne. This label will give a horizon for the entire territory of Villeurbanne and will stimulate public and artistic commission. It will be a source of pride for its inhabitants and a formidable lever of territorial dynamism.

The award of this label is accompanied by funding of one million euros, contributed equally by the Ministry of Culture and the Caisse des Dépôts for this first edition. The Caisse des Dépôts is convinced that culture, a sector that creates jobs, is one of the engines of recovery. The cultural economy irrigates many other sectors such as tourism, hotels and restaurants, which are currently the sectors most affected by the health crisis. The label «Capitale française de la culture» will contribute to the territorialized renewal of this economy.

The Minister of Culture wishes to thank all the municipalities or groups of municipalities that have applied for this first edition of the label «Capitale française de la culture». These communities have ambitious plans and are looking to the future by putting arts and culture at the heart of their strategies. It asked its decentralized services and the general delegation to the transmission, territories and cultural democracy to accompany them in the development of their cultural projects.

The “French Capital of Culture” label recognises every two years the cultural project of a municipality or group of municipalities from 20,000 to 200,000 inhabitants. The award of the label is accompanied by funding of one million euros, on an equal basis between the Ministry of Culture and the Caisse des Dépôts, for this first edition which will take place in 2022.

The “French Capital of Culture” label is a project piloted and funded by the Ministry of Culture with the support of the Caisse des Dépôts, and implemented by the Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais (Rmn-GP). This project also benefited from the mobilization of the Ministries of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Economy, Finance and Recovery, Cohesion of Territories and Relations with Local and Regional Authorities, and all the associations representing elected representatives of local authorities.

Villeurbanne is a commune in the Metropolis of Lyon in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France.

It is situated northeast of Lyon, with which it forms the heart of the second-largest metropolitan area in France after that of Paris. Villeurbanne is the second-largest city in the metropolitan area of Lyon and the 20th most populated in France. In 2013, Villeurbanne was elected the city with the best administration of France, which attracts more and more people.


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