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The " festival of the humanities " is not just another festival, but the sign of a rallying of initiatives, practices and events.

A constellation in action.


On May 6, 2020, addressing the " secteur de la culture ", the President of the Republic declared that he wanted to launch_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136_bad_cc5 -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_a major program of public commissions (for) crafts, live performances, literature, plastic arts ». On the basis of this call and this open proposal, a collective immediately set to work, bringing together artists and cultural actors, but also community leaders and activists, or simple citizens, sharing the simple idea that " la culture " is everyone's business.

Within this collective, in the foreshadowing of future events, from mid-July, throughout France and even beyond, a charter has been enacted with the value of a manifesto._cc781905-5cde -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_  




the charter 

Other Manifestos


" May things continue as before,
this is the disaster. "


[ Walter Benjamin, Charles Baudelaire, Payot, 1982 ]




  • The Humanities Festival was born from a collective desire to reinvent a cultural policy, rooted in the territories.

  • This initiative brings together artists, cultural actors, associative activists, citizens, some of whom have been involved for a long time in artistic, cultural, ecological, social actions, etc.

  • Based on past and/or current experiences, a common reflection has begun, in the face of the health crisis linked to COVID-19 and its social, economic and cultural consequences, to identify proposals that can respond to the "  duty of reinvention ”.

  • The humanities festival asserts itself as a platform for practice, initiatives and events wishing to connect, unite, pool, in order to build collective intelligence.

We are what
we are not

  • The humanities festival is not a label, it is a rallying point.

  • The humanities festival does not belong to anyone in particular, it is a collective work.

  • The festival of the humanities does not depend on any institution, it never ceases to constitute itself.

  • The festival of humanities is not placed under any tutelage, it affirms an unimpeded right of invention.

  • Le festival des humanités  ne vise pas la « conquête de nouveaux publics »,  il échappe to the logic of filling.

  • The humanities festival intends to go beyond the notion of “ cultural democratization ”, and cultivate the democracy of the commons in action.

  • The festival of humanities is not above ground, it composes with the territories and their inhabitants wherever it creates its home in shared elaboration.


  • Artists, poets and writers, intellectuals and researchers have their place within the  festival of the humanities , just as much as craftsmen, peasants, workers, unemployed, retired, migrants, nomads, etc.

  • The Humanities Festival   can take place anywhere.

  • The humanities festival can preferably take place “ en public ” but also in private (through recordings, audio and video transmissions, etc.).

  • For each of its  occurrences,  the humanities festival  will be eco-responsible, and particularly mindful of its carbon footprint.

  • The festival of humanities  will ensure  nurture local, inter-regional and international cooperation.

  • The festival of humanities claims the right to work miracles with bits of string, as well as the right to public and territorial subsidies, it being understood that any intervention participating in its realization must be remunerated at its fair value.

  • The humanities festival is, in itself, a public order.

  • The humanities festival advocates an open conception of “ culture ” : know-how and popular traditions, health, agriculture, food, ecology, education, trade, lifestyle, etc.

  • The festival of humanities  joins forces with social and environmental organizations that launched the call "  Never again ", adopts the notion of cultural rights, falls within the perspective of the social and solidarity economy, and will take part in the constitution of a citizens' assembly of the future.

  • The humanities festival trusts the living.

Signatories    as of 076/14/2020

Physical persons :

Karim Abdelaziz , actor, author, director, Pantin . Dôle ( 02 ) _ _ Albert , dance artist, Metz.  Bérengère Altieri-Leca , choreographer, Bondy.  Selin Altiparmak , actress, Saint-Denis._cc781905-4cde-319 bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Anne de Amézaga , project guide, theater production, Paris.  Amélie Armao , storyteller, Paris.  Albane Aubry , plural artist, Paris._5cc78 -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Fanny Avram , actress, director, Pa u.  Benjamin Barou-Crossman , actor and director, Montpellier.  Sylvie Baillon , artistic director Tas de Sable – Ches Panses Vertes, Amiens._cc781905- 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Colombe Barsacq ,  author-composer-performer, director, Cergy-Pontoise.  Séverine Batier, director, Paris.   Manuelle Bauduin , scenographer-designer, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b - 136bad5cf58d Puichéric (11).  Christian Benedetti , director, director Studio-théâtre Alfortville.  Françoise Berlanger , author, director, Brussels (Belgium).  Marie-Pierre Bésanger , director Bottom Théâtre, Tulle. bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Françoise Billot , cultural activist, Paris.  David Bobée, director, director of the National Dramatic Center of Normandy-Rouen.  Nathalie Boissonnet , administrator culture, Paris.  Pierre Bongiovani , artistic manager New Laurentine (forests / arts / societies / territories), Aubepierre-sur-Aube (52).  Bouêb / Stéphane Guiral , Les Ateliers du Vent collective coordinator, Rennes.  Béatrice Boulanger Nennig , co-founder Plateau 7, Montselgues (07).  Katia Bourdin , Nouvell regional councilor e Aquitaine, elected representative of the La Rochelle-Ré-Aunis territory, President of the Culture-Heritage-Sport-Youth-Regional Identities-Solidarities-Handicap commission.  Bruno Boussagol , director, Vallorcine ( 74).  Hervé Breuil , former director of the Lavoir Moderne Parisien, Dakar (Senegal).  Laetitia Brun , artist and coordinator of cultural, educational and social, Suresnes.  Aurore Bucher , singer, artistic director of the Ensemble Virévolte. Nawar Bulbul , actor and director, Marseille.  Maryse Calvo , energy specialist, dancer, Saint Joseph (Martinique). -5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_ Nadia Capitaine , coordinator of socio-cultural and artistic actions, Sète. -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_(67)._cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b -136bad5cf58d_ Jean Caune , former university professor, Grenoble. Paris.  Fanette Chauvy , dancer-choreographer, Dunières (43).  Nathalie Chemelny , director, artistic director of the company Moitié raison-half Folie._cc781905- 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d _ Jean-Frédéric Chevallier , director and philosopher, Borotalpada (India). Éric Chevance , member of the collegiate church of the Welcome collective, Bordeaux. (41).  Léa Cornetti , dancer, painter. Jean-Gabriel Cosculluela ,_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_writer , translator, library curator, Vernosc-lès-Annonay (07). ._cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b - 136bad5cf58d_ Paula Andrea Delgado Diaz , practitioner of Parkour, Manizales (Colombia). Delpirou , secretary of the Walter Benjamin European Prize association. Claire Denieul , cultural journalist author, Concarneau.  Marie Devillers , dancer-choreographer, Beauvais.  Albert Dichy , literary director of the IMEC (Memories of the contemporary edition), Paris.  Garance Dor , co-director of the review Vehicule, artist, Rennes. Marion Droyer , director of the  cultural and tourist development of the Bas-Rhin departmental council, vice president of the culture and departments association. -136bad5cf58d_ Micaëla Etcheverry , comédienne, musicienne, Paris.  Claude Escande , psychanalyste, Villeneuve-lez-Avignon.  Isabelle Esposito , writer, actress, videographer, Vincennes.  Ana Eulate , dancer-choreographer, co-director of Royal Cabanon, Rognes (13).  Eric Favey , vice-president of the Education League.  Isabelle Favre , geographer, Lyon.  Françoise Féraud , dancer-choreographer, shiatsu practitioner, Bagnolet._cc781905-5cde- 3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Phil ippe Foulquié , cultural activist, Marseille.  Yves Fravega , co-director of Art de vivre, Marseille.  Marie-Do Fréval , actress-director, Paris.  José Froment , scenographer-artist, mayor of Cennes-Monestiés (11).  Didier Galas , actor-director, Palavas-les-flots ( 34 ) 136bad5cf58d_ Kazan Christophe Gaston, musician, shakuhachi player, Paris.  Christian Gattinoni, editor-in-chief of the online magazine ._cc7581905-5cde - 3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_ -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Nathalie Gautier , actress, Lorient._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d _ Guymette Gloanec , co-founder of L'Observatoire mobile, Saint-Jean-de-Luz.  Pascal Gravat , dancer-choreographer, Geneva (Switzerland)._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_ Vanesa Guéno , historian and research engineer, Aix-en-Provence.  Luc Gwiazdzinski , geographer, teacher-researcher in planning and urban planning, Grenoble. Dhananjoy Hansda , farmer , photographer and videographer, member of Trimukhi Platform - Borotalpada tribal village (India). India).  Salkhan Hansda , peasant, dancer and installation artist , member of Trimukhi Platform - Borotalpada tribal village (India) . , Marseille.  Catherine Hargreaves , director and actress, Lyon.  Jean-Charles Herrmann , former director of_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-187d_1 programs de_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-187d_1bad5cf5 -5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_artistic and cultural   development around circus arts, sound engineer, Strasbourg.  Eve Idrissi , artist, Marica (Brazil). _cc781905-5c de-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Florence Inoué , graphic designer, Arles.  Catherine Jacoux , actress, Chinon.  Dominique Jambon , former theater director, Paris. Patrick Karl , theater artist , Paris. dancer, Paris.  Christine Kiehl , lecturer in English theater, Lyon.  Hélène Lacassagne , Vice-President league of_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_education , in charge of culture.  Thierry Lachkar , actor, director, Rouen. Marie Laurent , jurist, Aix-en-Provence._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136ba d5cf58d_ Charlotte Le Bras , director, Amiens.  Stéphane Leca , former theater director, Montrelais (44).  Marie-Jo Lecerf , attaché de press, Paris.  Émilie Leconte , author and actress, Paris.  Catherine Legrand , videographer, documentary scenographer, Marseille, Sète._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_ Corinne Lelepvrier , poet, Quimper.  Frédéric Lemaigre , artist-author, curator, Royan.  Claire Le Michel , author, Athis-Mons .  Jean-Pierre Léonardini , journalist, Paris.  Sonia Léontieff , artist, Montreal (Canada)._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d _, Françoise Lepoix _ actress, director, Paris.  Mich el Le Rudulier , teacher, founder of La Vache du fond, amateur structure, Saint-Brieuc.  Marie Letellier , dancer-choreographer, Cennes-Monestiés (11)._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_ Gaël Leveugle , director, Nancy._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d -136bad5cf58d_ Jean-Michel Lucas , cultural rights activist, Bordeaux.  Guillaume Lung Tung , clown, Reunion Island._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_ Dido Lykoudis , actress and director, Paris. Béatrice Madrid, communication manager in bookstores, Paris. sound landscape artist, listening walker, Lyon._cc781905-5cde-31 94-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_Marine Mane, artistic director of the In vitro company, Reims.  Jean-Paul Manganaro, writer and translator, Paris. 136bad5cf58d_Elisabeth Marie, director, Strasbourg. Aurélie Martin, artists' project guide, Rome (Italy). , producer and radio host, author and slam artist, Tours. Éliane Mathieu, coordinatrice de projets, Marseille. Christian Mazzucchini, acteur, Marseille.  Itandehui Mendez , artistic director Tearto Blanco, Oaxaca (Mexico). Riwana Mer, actress, youth librarian. Marc Mercier, director of Instants Vidéo, Marseille. François Millet, retired, former director of the Jardin des cultures d'Europe-CEILA, Avignon. Anne Monfort, director stage, Paris. Damien Mongin, actor and director.Florence Moulin, graphic designer, Paris. Naïk M'Sili, co-director Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques, Marseille. Laurent Nennig, co-director of Plateau Sept, Montselgues (07). Frédéric Neyrat at the International College of Philosophy, Madison (United States). Lucie Nicolas, actress-director, Paris. , researcher, universe smuggler, By is, Haiti. Ludovic Nobileau, interpreters of public spaces, Montreuil-sous-Bois. Bernard Noël, poet – writer._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_Etienne Parc, actor and director, Paris. Pascale Paugam, actress-director, Bourg-en-Bresse. Marie Payen, actress, author, Joinville -le-Pont. Dominique Pérez, Toulon. Florence Pezon, filmmaker, Marseille._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d Paris. Pascale Pilloni, actress, artist, shiatsu therapist, Marseille. Jeanne Poitevin-Carasso, director, Besançon._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3 136bad5cf58d_Louis Presset, general delegate of la Federation of specialized vocal and instrumental ensembles (Fevis). Christine Quoiraud, choreographer-surveyor, Angoulême. -du-Gard (30). Claire Renier,  artist and art historian, Montreuil. Romainville. Muriel Roland, theater artist, Bagneux. Valérie Ronteix, graphic designer, Paris. Julie, dramatist Ville Rossello, autrice, Rossurbanne.  David Ruellan, playwright and actor. Fatiha Schlicht, presente d'PEICC / People and Culture, Montpellier. Sans Frontières - and founding director of TIC / Théâtre International Clandestin, Paris. Frédéric Simon, director Alliance française Mumbaï (India). Christiane Spiessert, cultural project guide, environmentalists and citizens, Saint-Cyr sur-Loire (37). Aline Steiner, author – director, Brussels (Belgium) and Yaoundé (Cameroon). Michel Strulovici, journalist, Lille. Bruno Tackels, philosopher, Tinjaca (Colombia). actress, Strasbourg. Irène Tassembedo, choreographer, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Viviane Théophilidès, director, Paris._cc781905-5cde-31936-bb3béronique singer , explorer of voices, Paris and Marseille. Catherine Vallon, thinker of the absurd in burlesque machines, Paris. Martine Venturelli, director, Saint-Maur- des-Fossés. Dominique Vernis, stay-at-home dad, Avignon. Stéphane Verrue, director, Arras._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf5,8maridonnett_badckerMarie Wacker , engraver. Antoine Wellens, author-director, Montpellier. Faizal Zeghoudi, choreographer, Bordeaux.

Associations and Festivals:

The Fédération des Rencontres Artistiques d'Ile de France ; Artphoneme, Bourg-en-Bresse (01),5cc37519 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_Association In Corpore, Mareuil-en-Dôle (02), Association LenaKersa, Saint-Jean-de-Luz (64), Collectif TRAC, Lausanne (Switzerland). Compagnie Gradiva, Dunières (43). Compagnie La Scène Manassa, Aix-en-Provence (13). 136bad5cf58d_Company One evening elsewhere, Athis-Mons (91) . Les Parvis poétiques, Paris.

We are involved in various associations, collectives, organizations and unions, among many others:

We are involved in various associations, collectives, organizations and unions: among many others, Action Aid France, Actors of sustainable tourism, Action Non-Violente COP 21,_cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b-136bad5cf58d_Acting for the Environment, Alternatiba, AMAP Court-circuit, Friends of the Earth, Amnesty International, ANV-COP 21, Lifetime Salary Association, ATD-Quart Monde, Workshop Remaking the World, ATTAC France, Climate Future, Citizen Adventure, Transition Campus, CCFD Terre Solidaire, CIMADE, Citizens for the Climate, Coalition for Light Habitat, Hummingbirds, Collective against Large Useless Projects, Yellow Vests Teaching Research Collective, Living Letters Collective, Committee 21, Peasant Confederation, National Convergence of Public Services, Culture and departments, Dec colonize the arts, Right to housing, Popular education & social transformation, Together!, Solidarity Europe without borders, Extinction Rebellion, Commune, National Federation of Local Authorities for culture,  Unitary Trade Union Federation (FSU), Plural Women, Rural Homes, France Latin America, Yellow Vests, Greenpeace France,_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_ICEM-Pédagogie Freinet, Rousseau Institute, Young Climate Ambassadors, LDH Human Rights League, The World After, MRAP Peace Movement , Nature&Progrès, Our concern for all, People and culture, For a popular and social ecology PEPS, Network Environment Health, Sciences Citizen es, The Shift Project, SUD Culture, Utopia , Youth for climate, etc.

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exists already!

Manifesto on initiative
du Collectif Hybrides -
Regional Coordination of Intermediate Places and
Freelancers in Brittany.
“  The obligation to rethink our ways of doing things has been an ongoing embrace for a long time, and of a nature that physical distancing does not suspend.  »
May 29, 2020

The advantage of speaking in one's name from intermediate and independent places is that one can express oneself with roughness and put one's foot in the dish without fearing that it will splash. We are people on the sidewalk more than in the living room, we act from spaces, some of which are born of clandestinity, we are those who like to invite fifty people into a garden to meet a musician.

The systems of domination at work in France and all over the world are dangerously predatory, for the commons, for people, and only generate inequalities, competition, injustices, isolation and poverty._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_

The alternatives and initiatives that hold society together in the midst of a crisis were not born out of the last rain or the last pangolin. The obligation to rethink our ways of doing things has been an ongoing embrace for a long time, and of a nature that physical distancing does not suspend.


Thus, we can see peasants fighting against productivist farmers, cooperatives opposing hierarchical companies, commons resisting market systems, attempts to build sustainable, respectful and innovative models._cc781905-5cde -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

The cultural sector is also crossed by these conflicts, whose stakes are meaningful: cultural democracy, cultural rights, emancipation, relationship between private and public, between large and small, between institution and civil society, between short circuits and retail…


Despite our resistance to these systems, and despite our desire to prioritize meaning, we, actors and authors of the world of art and culture, are not spared by this destructive logic. Some, however, resist against the race for productivity, managerial and technocratic extremism, quantitative evaluations which lead to discredit "small festivals of fifty people".


We are places of life


We, Hybrides, a collective of cultural, intermediary and independent structures in Brittany, are taking action in this fight against the dominant model. We, artists, cultural actors and actresses support the involvement of artists by providing them with the time necessary for their work to have a lasting effect, to place the artistic act at the heart of the city. We are committed, on a daily and long-term basis, to help create the conditions for cultural democracy in action and interact with other social, environmental, economic issues...

From our places, based on the idea of "doing with" — with artistic, cultural, social, political, economic, ecological actors, with a territory and the people who live there — we support contemporary creation and defend the artistic diversity.

We claim the symbolic value of our gestures in small, intimate, confined forms, this proximity, this care, this listening towards our neighbours, anchored in the concrete issues of our territories.


The question is highly cultural


Just as school is not society's nursery, culture is not "its security blanket". Art is not an accessory of consolation but one of the tools, powerful and plural, of seizing the world, one of the vital foods of the systole and the diastole  of our beings and our societies . Of these tools and these vital fluids that make us living humans. Not in survival, not in sub-life, but fully, and autonomous by this wholeness.

Culture is a right. Artistic reason has its singular necessity. She creates forms where our sensibilities work, where our stories are reflected, where our contradictions are questioned, where our collective experiences are reflected. This is its function, which is neither strictly utilitarian nor pure entertainment. It's multiple cultures, close to the people, we're talking about. Matching the horizontal with the vertical, on a daily basis, fighting against class contempt and ambient narcissism.


Rethinking the essentials

Since the start of this crisis, associations of all stripes, groups of citizens, alternative groups, have been activating the social body to build bridges of solidarity. Are these anonymous people more active than usual? Or does the inactivity of the superfluous reveal what is essential to the life of our society?

Confinement has confirmed to us how essential are:

- the real: touch, caress, smell, look, taste, which cannot be replaced by the virtual;
- the real encounter, including chance encounters, people passing by, improvised meals, shared coffees;
- the sharing of the sensitive: a show, an exhibition does not exist without the presence of bodies, smiles, rumors, words exchanged before and after, shared emotions, shivers, confrontations...
- the collective, thinking together, imagining together, dreaming together… what builds commonality.

Imagine otherwise


Our structures, already under tension for many years, are bearing the brunt of the current crisis. 

In our daily lives, we work with artists who are, for many, largely impoverished and threatened with further impoverishment. We build ties with workers with or without jobs, with retirees, families, young people… 

We are in contact with social inequalities and want to take the time to think about greater solidarity and contribute to a reflection on tomorrow. It is impossible for us to imagine a return to the same balance as before.

We must get out of the politics of precariousness and survival.
We certainly want the means to do what we have always done, but above all we are calling for a broad reflection on the remuneration of workers, which would not be subject to subordination or the vagaries of the market, which would above all be fair compensation for essential work for emancipation.


We are determined


We refuse to continue to work in a system of one-upmanship where the big ones crush the small ones, where we always water where it is already wet, where the dominant ones speak only to the dominant ones.

We no longer want whole sections of public policy to be sacrificed to the urgency of the moment.
We no longer want cultures to be reduced to the cultural offer.

We no longer want to work in competition.

We want to redefine the terms of expertise.
We do not want to participate in the imperative of growth.

From now on "we get up and we leave!"

We are used to moving forward without certainty. We are used to getting by thanks to the strength of the collective. 
We don't want to play the originals let alone shout exception or draw attention to an unconditional rescue of our industry or corporation. 
We are and will be in solidarity with the fights of the invisible, the despised, the forgotten, the refused... We are more than ever, and as long as necessary, mobilized in all the movements to share and defend our vision of a united and open world.

It is this same work that we are going to pursue, which is not dictated by the viral threat but by the constantly renewed observation of the indigence and ignominy of a vandal capitalism in essence. This virus is never satisfied. 

We are standing, we are responsible, informed, aware, legitimate and well 
We invite our members, our audiences, our colleagues, our partners to stand by our side and take care of each other in the meetings that we will be able to invent.

We claim the right to take part in collective reflections, to co-construct with the populations and our communities, ambitious public policies for an essential social transformation.

Now !



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