In times of pandemic, so many questions: Culture, who are you?
In the particular social context following the spring 2020 confinement, while the cultural sector is looking for reference points to come back to life, the Festival of Chassepierre, Latitude 50- hub of circus and street arts et Mars-Mons performing arts invited everybody to a timeout to speculate about the role of culture in society.
A 250 km hiking-debate
From Chassepierre to Marchin and from Marchin to Mons, 250 km of hiking-debate, 12 days of inclusive dialogue. The Grand Tour started on Sunday 23rd August 2020 in Chassepierre, went through Marchin an ended on Friday 4th September in Mons.
Each day, about 20 citizens (male and female) were present, in the company of a guest artist. Together, while walking, they dissected an issue related to the role of culture in our lives and society. After sharing all these reflexions, they closed the day with an artistic proposal.
The partners remain in contact and still exchange ideas about this topic and the possible further actions related to this project.
A booklet gathering the traces of these exchanges is about to be edited.
Photographs by Olivier Donnet and Marie Godart