Review of Premières Rencontres 2016

The PREMIERES RENCONTRES is an initiative that has grown from year to year and which, since its creation in 2004, has become a reference in the Val de France region, in the Val d’Oise, in the Ile-de-France and abroad.

But the realisation of this 7th edition in 2016 has been a challenge: the determination of the partner cities and the financial support have made it possible, despite a difficult context and limited means, to continue this strong time, to share this opening of local life to Europe, and to make its inhabitants benefit from it. It is a strong sign and a commitment to continue today to affirm together that art and culture play an essential role in the development of the child and society. The partnership with other festivals in France (Méli’môme in Reims and Ribambelle in Blainville-sur-Orne) enabled a foreign show, Little Wonder by the sQueez Company (Netherlands), to tour France for a total of 13 performances for schools and the general public. This tour was supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

17 towns in the Ile-de-France are concerned!
Arnouville, Argenteuil, Cormeilles-en-Parisis, Ermont, Fosses, Garges-lès-Gonesse, Gonesse, Goussainville, Marly-la-Ville, Montigny-lès-Cormeilles, Montmorency, Persan, Saint-Gratien, Saint-Ouenl’Aumône, Sarcelles, Taverny and Villiers-le-Bel.

99 representations
of 15 european and international shows
and 9 days of the exhibiton
for young children from 4 years old
(and parents/professionals)
in 17 communes of Val d’Oise
for 3 weels
broadcast by 22 structures franciliennes

but also…
3 conference/debates in 3 partners cities
21 workshops with children
2 project presentations
In total, 9 000 inhabitants franciliens
(children, inhabitants, professionals) are reached !