A centre for the world of culture

 

Situated within a short stroll of our La Rochelle hotel, the prestigious renaissance Maison Henry II provides the setting for the Centre Intermondes, a cultural centre dedicated to international contemporary creation. Why not visit this historic building and enjoy the current exhibition by a Brazilian artist!

Since 2005, and the hosting of the first foreign artist at this renaissance property Maison Henry II, nestled in the heart of historic La Rochelle, the Centre Intermondes has supported contemporary creation in all its forms… plastic, digital, musical, literary etc. Whilst more than 350 creators have been hosted in the gallery forming part of this heritage building, there have been just as many presentations of work carried out on site… and all offered free of charge to visitors. Conceived within the framework of residencies offered to budding artists, these exhibitions add an exotic air to the city. Until 22nd February, Brazilian artist David Deccon will reveal ‘I Self’, a presentation developed during his two-month stay in La Rochelle and which questions gender as well as sexual construction. The Maison Henry II is situated on Rue des Augustins, and entrance is free.

Art in the streets of La Rochelle

 

Throughout the year, the Centre National des Arts de la Rue (CNAR – the national centre for street art),created in La Rochelle, offers free shows by renowned companies. Make the most of this opportunity if you are staying at our La Rochelle hotel.

A ball at the Minimes on 6th February, a stroll around the Media Library to enjoy the works of Jacques Prévert on 9th March, a surprise discovery at the heart of the Franck Delmas park on 30th March, a crazy saraband in the city centre on 20th April, public performances by several companies from the 17th-19th May in various locations around La Rochelle…in all, there are some 15 street performance staking place before June, offered by the CNAR. This association is supported by the State, the New-Aquitaine region and the City of La Rochelle to promote street art. Therefore, by hosting in residence a variety ofartists from diverse backgrounds, this cultural organisation offers them the opportunity to display their work in public, in a perfect setting. For locals and visitors to our maritime city, it is an opportunity to discover, free of charge, a host of artistic talent, on their doorstep… or indeed a stone’s throw from their hotel!

 

A new season at the Chantier

 

As a seedbed for talented musicians for more than 20 years, the ‘Chantier des Francos’ in La Rochelle, which has unveiled many artists, opens its doors for a new season.

Of the many hundreds who have passed through the ‘Chantier des Francos’ since 1998, certain artists, who were hosted in residence or took part in advanced workshops, are today widely known and recognised for their talents. Christine and the Queens, Cali, Rover, Emilie Loiseau, Zazand even Feu! Chatterton: all these groups or soloists evolved in the Francofolies’ antechamber before taking to the festival’s small, and then large, stage. To perfect their stage presence and fine-tune their artistic project, all the ‘spotted’ artists are accompanied by professionals for a week where they learn quickly and efficiently. At the end of each session, to fulfil their dream of performing in this small wooden venue beside the sea, the singers and musicians give a concert on site. In 2019, the first session will showcase Muddy Monk, Alma Forrer and Hervé, with a concert on Friday 1st February at 8.30pm. For the following session, Arthur Ely and Silly Boy Bluewill perform for the public on Friday 1st March at 8.30pm. Worth noting if you are staying in our La Rochelle hotel on one of these dates.