Initially scheduled from 16 March to 4 April 2020, and cancelled due to the health situation, the European Biennial of Val-d’Oise and Seine-et-Marne presented a programme of more than 80 performances of 10 French and foreign shows in 15 towns of Ile-de-France over 3 weeks. Due to the instability of the health situation during the months following the first containment, we did not have the opportunity to put in place the circulation of the ten shows initially proposed in the partner cities because their programmes were, at that time, already full. In fact, the first lockdown began the very week the festival was due to start: the logistics required at the end of the festival required months of reorganisation in order to find common calendars between the 15 territories. We therefore had to cancel the event as it had been held in the previous eight editions in order to work first on the guaranteed rescheduling of the shows in the slots available in each of the cities for the rest of the season.
As for the European Forum, initially scheduled for 18 and 19 March 2020 in the heart of the festival, we were able to postpone these two days of conferences, debates and project presentations to 7 and 8 October, at the Espace Marcel Pagnol in Villiers-le-Bel with the entire programme and speakers (physically or by videoconference for the German, Scottish and Canadian speakers). The number of performances during these two days was reduced. This is the result of a joint effort between ACTA, our public partners, the town of Villiers-le-Bel, the speakers and the artists involved.
Despite the constraints of the audience (30 people per venue, in two spaces), ACTA made sure to broadcast the content of the forum online via live videos of the conference-debates.
The 7th and 8th October 2020
Festival : Originally from 16th March to 4th April 2020 (cancelled)
European Forum : Originally 18th – 19th March 2020 / delayed to 7th – 8th October 2020
Initially 80 performances, of which 12 were maintained during the Forum and 43 postponed in total
10 European companies
Initially 15 partner towns in the 95 and 77 regions, 10 of which were able to postpone the shows
Initially 25 partner cultural and early childhood venues
19 international speakers at the forum
4 project presentations
1 training session and 1 conference-debate
1 creation supported by the Val d’Oise Departmental Council
15 partner towns in the Ile-de-France region of Val-d’Oise and Seine-et-Marne (and Normandy) had initially co-constructed the event
ACTA, a company subsidised by the Ministry of Culture, DRAC Île-de-France, the Val d’Oise Departmental Council and the City of Villiers-le-Bel. ACTA is subsidised by the Conseil Régional d’Ile-de-France as part of a permanent artistic agreement.
Specific support for the PREMIERES RENCONTRES: biennale européenne en Val d’Oise et Seine et Marne and the European forum: Ministère de la Culture DRAC Île-de-France, Val d’Oise departmental council, Roissy Pays de France, Génération Belle Saison, Caisse des allocations familiales (CAF) du Val d’Oise, the Dutch Embassy, the Goethe Institute, RAJA