Our next meetings

La Rencontre de Mons 2015

The European Association Les Rencontres is pleased to announce the organisation of its next conference in Mons (Belgium), European Capital of Culture 2015.


Visuel Mons 2015

We invite you to save the date of La Rencontre de Mons in your schedule.

The preliminary program and the registration form will be available from 27 of April 2015

Our last meetings

Re-experience La Rencontre of Fontenay-sous-Bois 05-07/03/2015


Re-experience La Rencontre de Fontenay-sous-Bois: elects, culture professionals, journalists, academics, sociologists, historians, artists from all over Europe gathered for three days of meetings, from the 5th to the 7th March to debate, reflect together and exchange on the theme: Arts/Culture/Migrations/.





Discover all the interventions by listening the audio of the different conference sessions that have questioned the theme of migration and its contributions to artistic creation and the part of local authorities in cultural policies: Migration in the European context - Europe enriched by cultural pluralism, viewpoints on European artistic experiences.

La Rencontre de Fontenay-sous-Bois 05-07/03/2015





Dear Madam, Dear Sir,


The Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture “Les Rencontres” is pleased to announce the organisation of its next conference “La Rencontre de Fontenay-sous-Bois” to be held in Fontenay-sous-Bois (in the vicinity of Paris) from 05 to 07 March 2015. It will be devoted to the topical theme of:



In a growing context of populist ideas and behaviours as well as inward-looking nationalisms in the European continent, this conference is aimed towards encouraging participants to consider migrations as sources for artistic enrichment and cultural impact for the European societies.


Every country has been characterised by its own migration history. More and more, migrants are becoming fundamental pillars of our feeling of multi-cultural citizenship. Thus, it is necessary to promote a constructive dialogue on cultural differences, emphasizing their value and their creativity, so as to reinforce social inclusion and to fight against discrimination and prejudices.


With this in mind, we organise “La Rencontre de Fontenay-sous-Bois” in collaboration with the Choreographic Development Centre du Val-de-Marne “La Briqueterie” on the occasion of the 18th Val-de-Marne Dance Biennale and in the framework of the European project “Migrant bodies”.


You can already download the Project outline of the conference, the preliminary programme and the practical information sheet. These documents will be frequently updated on our website.

You can register online here




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European Campus of Local and Regional Authorities for Culture 2014




Gathering elected leaders and professionals from local and regional authorities, artists, intellectuals, researchers and civil society representatives, the "European Campus" project's purpose is to think together and deepen our understanding of current and future topics in the fields of local and regional cultural policies, cultural cooperation and artistic creation in Europe and beyond.

The 3rd European Campus of local and regional authorities for culture took place in the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, France from 5 to 8 November 2014.

The main theme was:


Can Culture and Local and Regional Authorities Lead Europe Out of the Crisis?

The Example of the Nord-Pas de Calais Region


More than three decades ago, Pierre Mauroy (1928-2013), Former Prime Minister of France and Mayor of Lille, a visionary man with a strong political will, bet on Culture and obtained significant results.


In times of financial difficulties for local and regional authorities all over Europe, the Campus appeared as an occasion to draw concrete answers to current issues; to bring leads for initiating and consolidating projects; and to discover the strategies of the Nord-Pas de Calais Region.


You can download the programme. Please click here to read the invitation message by Michaël Moglia, Regional Councillor and member of the Board of the Association Les Rencontres.

Les Rencontres' Shared Refounding Process

An Inclusive Consultation to Reforge the Organisation


2014 marks the 20th anniversary on the Association. Twenty years of rencontres, of course, but also of exchanges, debates, discoveries and projects.


Twenty years that have created strong bonds between the members of the network.


2014 is a year of renewal for Les Rencontres. The creation of a stable and creative future depends on the analysis of past years and, most importantly, in the case of a network, can only be done collectively.


The Association has started this large re-foundation process, paying a particular attention to the opinions of its members, in order to build a future suitable for all. Without ever questioning the essence of its activities, Les Rencontres wishes to give itself a new lease of life to continue to create bonds, beyond borders, always more effectively.


The Refoundation process is built on a 6 steps calendar. Discussions in Brussels, sending of a questionnaire, gathering of answers, meeting during the Rencontres of Umeå, drafting of new statutes then a General meeting at the European Campus in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and a vote: the re-foundation has run all year. The most recent stage of this process has been the election of a new Chairman: Mr. Michaël Moglia, Regional Councilor, Chairman of the “Finances, Staff, General Administration, Communication” Commission, in the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, France whereas Mr. Roger Tropeano was named the Honorary Chairman of the Association.

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