TEH Camp Meeting 86 will take place in Bagneux (Paris area), France, hosted by Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde. This event will be the occasion to connect, exchange ideas and solutions and build new co-operations for the new challenges that we’re facing in Europe in cultural field.
Thirty-five years after the foundation of Trans Europe Halles, the innovative values and work of our members seem more relevant than ever. In the early eighties, independent cultural centres were an exception. Today, the advocacy work of Trans Europe Halles with “Factories of Imagination” project is very close to the idea of “Cultural Third Places” which often includes the transformation of spaces. Cultural third places are hybrid spaces open to everyone fostering cultural exchanges among different populations. The visitor is not only the spectator but rather an actor of the learning process, also part of the experimentation of knowledge and cultures.
For the past 5 years, we have witnessed an extraordinary growth of this kind of independent spaces in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Paris. This movement is not only a necessity for artists, activists and entrepreneurs but also an original solution for the new challenges that we’re facing in Europe in order to:
- Re-use industrial buildings
- Re-value disadvantaged urban areas
- Re-think the relations between art, culture and community
- Re-search a sustainable social and economic model
- Re-build trust, collective imagination and resilience
TEH Camp Meeting 86 will be the occasion to connect, exchange ideas and solutions and build new co-operations.
Eleftérios Kechagioglou, Director of PPCM
Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is a Europe-based network of cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists. TEH has been at the forefront of re-purposing Europe’s industrial buildings for arts, culture and activism since 1983. As of 2018, TEH has brought together nearly 102 multidisciplinary cultural centers and other cultural organizations from across Europe.