Joia Meridia

Manifesto leads the artistic and cultural programming of Joia Méridia, a winning project of the competition conducted on the Eco-Valley territory by Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur.

Alongside Eric Mangion, Head of the Art Centre at Villa Arson, Manifesto brought together local partners : the National Museum of Sport, the Espace de l’Art Concret, the artist-run space La Station with the cultural centre “109”. The team has designed an ambitious and diverse cultural program for the Nice community as well as tourists. It will bring a surge of creativity to this new neighbourhood.

Manifesto has also come up with an oustanding art commission that will bring to Nice a new international artistic signature. Few decades after his visit at the Villa Arson, Carsten Höller will conceive for Joia Méridia a monumental artwork that will enhance its architectural environment.
«The city of Nice is a fantastic playground for the arts, with a long history that we wish to continue in this new district of Plaine du Var. The cultural programming of Joia Méridia, conceived side to side with local partners, aims to inject a creative boost that will reach out to the inhabitants as well as the visitors of Côte d’Azur. The artistic intervention of Carsten Höller, as conceptual as it is wonderful, will set a new standard in public art, echoing the great art commissions of the city of Nice», Laure Confavreux-Colliex and Hervé Digne, co-founders of Manifesto.

Place Meridia-Joia Méridia. ©LambertLénack

©Lambert Lénack

Why migration is a chance for France

On 7 December, partners of the PLACE project gathered at CENTQUATRE-Paris around Charlotte Hochman, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and Thierry Déau (CEO of Méridiam), to launch a collective call, published in Le Cercle Les Echos. This underline the migrant’s contribution to creating wealth and innovation.

PLACE is a pilot program showing migration as an opportunity for economic development and innovation. For seven months, 35 female and male migrants from all over the world were given the chance to create their entrepreneurial project. The signatories explain that “On an experimental basis and as a public-private project led by civil society, the program manages to bypass the lengthy administrative process and replace it with a faster empowering process”. 

Manifesto supports PLACE as a mentor for their labs and an artistic project that will be revealed in 2018.

Read full article










This Thursday October 18 2017, “Les Lumières Pleyel” in Saint-Denis, “LIVE” in Bagnolet and “ST O Art & Design Center” in Saint-Ouen have been selected by the “Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris” consultation. A key player in these three projects, Manifesto managed to ensure that arts and culture were crucial ingredients of the projects and it was proud to bring together its teams of partners and local players.

Laure Confavreux-Colliex and Hervé Digne, co-founders of Manifesto point out : Art and culture trigger formidable opportunities to those who want to bring about change. The results of the “Inventons la Metropole du Grand Paris” are a clear indication of the successful formula conceived by teams of dedicated people who are eager to create meaningful, inclusive and exciting projects for the communities involved. Manifesto is pleased to be part of those projects and to have set down for each project the guidelines of a made-to-measure arts and culture approach and to have also defined the framework of virtuous management. Those results are a strong sign of strong support to the arts in the Grand Paris.

The Lumières Pleyel, the cultural epicenter of the Grand Paris metropolis

The Lumières Pleyel project led by the Sogelym Dixence group will offer the Plaine Commune community a Manifesto-inspired and genuinely innovative and multi-use platform that will resonate with the latest artistic trends. The facilities Manifesto has imagined, focusing on their users rather than a single owner, are hybrid and versatile as never before on such a scale.

In order to invent an urban district that is truly alive, creative and citizen-friendly, Lumieres Pleyel have come up with an entirely new concept of urban life and we called it “district dissemination” as the programs will be reaching out every corner of the district.

Such an ambitious approach called for solid groundwork of co-invention that was led by Manifesto with a formidable group of partners that included Approches !, Centquatre-Paris and its 104factory incubator, National School of images, Louis Lumière, L’Ecran, Glaz’art, Lamyne M., Etoile Cinémas, Les 3 Saisons de la PLaine, IEPC, Le Pôle S, IRI and the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris-Nord, Labex Arts-H2H, etc. All in all, more than 50 cultural and academic partners, institutions as well as artists.

A specific company is to be launched, the Lumières Pleyel company which will operate as the provider of augmented urban services. It will boast an international scientific committee, a steering committee and dedicated endowment. This generous approach will strive to share resources, trigger collaborative projects as well as skills and knowledge transfers.

Lumieres Pleyel-02_BD

©Les Lumières Pleyel / Sogelym Dixence – Snøhetta – Baumschlager Eberle Architekten – Chaix & Morel et Associés – Ateliers 2/3/4/ – Mars architectes – Maud Caubet Architectes – Moreau Kusunoki

LIVE, a new beacon for digital, social and cultural innovation

LIVE project has been the team work of Maud Caubet architects, Manifesto, Hall couture and Vinci Real Estate. With its communicating facades, it will be a new benchmark of digital, social and cultural innovation on the outskirts of Paris. Conceived as a powerful metropolitan beacon at the city entrance of Bagnolet-Montreuil, this mixed-use program dedicated to connected textiles will bring a surge of innovation to the community thanks to its local grounding and its inviting operating concept.

Manifesto has brought its expertise to identify local partners and achieve the successful grounding of the project. We will remain deeply involved in the project as manager of its cultural dimension within the winning team and to organize the preview events. lIve CREDITS X2


St O Art & Design Center, a creative and collaborative power plant

Social Media St O 1A new spot for arts and design at the heart of the Saint Ouen flea market in Paris, the St O Art and Design center is a project led by Novaxia and Wilmotte architect studio. A collaborative approach to culture is the trademark of its innovation strategy. The project has been selected by “Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris” (Let’s invent the Greater Paris metropolis) masterplan and will turn an iconic albeit confusing urban landmark into a meeting place and magnet of creative energies.

The cultural manager of the project, Manifesto has conceived a programming which allows the site users – junk peddlers, neighbors, students, buyers and visitors – as well as the other stakeholders in the project, from the Co-working café, the tourist office of Plaine Commune, the National School of Fine Arts to the Carpenters Workshop gallery, to fully own the site, right from the construction phase.