August 3, 2021

France Culture and Arte create a “hybrid” festival and a prize for the essay “on one of the major issues of the year”

” And now ? “ The question is straightforward. It resonates – reasons – with the times. This time which saw the abstention explode during the last regional and departmental elections. ” And now ? This is the question that Arte and France Culture intend to ask the younger generations, who stood out with a record abstention (87% among 18-24 year olds) on June 20 and 27.

In an attempt to answer it, the two “Cultural actors in the audiovisual public service” self-proclaimed – already partners in the field of music and entertainment – announce this 1is July the creation of nothing less than one “International festival of ideas of tomorrow”. Matched with a “Grand Prix of the essay Arte-France Culture”, to reward a researcher who works on “One of the major challenges of the year”.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Sandrine Treiner, Director of France Culture: “We are not an antenna for the world of culture but for citizens”

There will be plenty of stakes in this period of the presidential campaign which will begin in the fall. It is precisely at the end of the year that this “hybrid” festival will be organized (both “face-to-face” and “distance”), in the premises of Radio France and “Partner teaching and transmission sites” – universities for the most part – and via a digital platform where the two co-organizers intend to invite international guests to debate, thus freed from logistical constraints.


The themes of the event will be developed from the questionnaire that will be put online at the beginning of October, ” open to everyone “, we say at Arte and France Culture – and especially at 18-30 years, invited to make known “Their aspirations, concerns, worries and motivations”. Their answers will be carefully analyzed by the sociologist Monique Dagnaud, CNRS research director emeritus who teaches at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

A youth that Arte had already surveyed in 2020, via the survey “It’s time”, to which they would have responded “Nearly 400,000 French and Germans”, which declined, in a hundred questions, “Their vision of love, happiness, climate protection…”.

Sandrine Treiner and Boris Razon: “We are in an interactive festival model, not with 200 meetings at the same time and which ends with” thank you and see you next year “”

“We are in an interactive festival model, not with 200 meetings at the same time and which ends with ‘thank you and see you next year'”, warn Sandrine Treiner and Boris Razon, respectively director of France Culture and editorial director of Arte France. They hear ” Tender ear “, to listen to this disoriented youth, caught between a never-ending epidemic and difficulties in accessing education and employment, faced with “An intergenerational break”. A youth “Waiting for“ demilitarized ”places of debate”, sums up with a touch of irony the head of France Culture.

You have 28.25% of this article left to read. The rest is for subscribers only.