2014 - 2015

La Grand-Rue

Belcier and Carl Vernet neighbourhoods


La Grand-Rue is a project of artistic and social experimentation, a laboratory that invents new forms of collaboration between artists, researchers and associative structures or companies, each of which has its own way of experiencing the street.

La Grand-Rue took place over two years in Belcier and Carl Vernet, two distinct neighbourhoods that were brought together under the Bordeaux Sud name, resulting in a change in their geography and identity, as well as their social classification. These two neighbourhoods are the subject of a vast urban project as part of the Euratlantic National Interest Operation.

The Grand-Rue project has forged links with local associative, educative and social forces.
The first year was a step of meeting and beginning of collaboration. The second, a time to reveal and put into action the public space, guided by the theme of the Street.


In 2014, the Grand-Rue will take shape from the experiences of individuals and artists.
The Grand-Rue is above all a place of complicity, a collective project shared between invited artists : Marie Bouts, Anne de Sterk, Samuel Boche, Bruce Bégout, Diane Berg, Nous Sommes, Geneviève Rando and associative structures or companies : the Centre d’animation Bordeaux Sud, Qui Concept, IPPO, the city’s VSDL cleaning service, La Maison de Nolan, Astrolabe, Les Crabes and L’Accorderie de Bordeaux, La Poste, La SNCF, the Grand Belcier collective.

In 2015, the Grand-Rue will become a life-size street, the fruit of the ideas and projects of the artists and inhabitants involved since the beginning of the adventure. It is animated by artistic proposals and unusual uses during 15 days. Day and night, the public can live in it and make it come alive. The Grand-Rue becomes a festival, an urban stroll, a Ball and a Guinguette, an opportunity to take a fresh look at this changing neighbourhood.

“La Grand Rue” – Un film O.L.A – Anne-Cécile Paredes et Mélody Gottardi. 2015


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At the crossroads of art, territories and populations, our approach aims to promote the transition to sustainable, shared and welcoming cities, by proposing alternative ways of imagining and building our living environment and by exploring new forms of public space.