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The first participatory workshops of the application of Bourges 2028 in the first half of 2021 have identified the issues of mobility between the city centre and the periphery, but also of the city with the rural territory and cultural icons such as Noirlac, The Terminal or barn pyramidal. This situation is shared by several medium-sized cities, partners of the reflection of Bourges, by Region, in France and in Europe, that are associated with the application. The dynamization, the facilitation of the course in the city, in the periphery and in rural areas, low-carbon to develop another relationship to culture and territory, we has emerged as a fundamental issue, unexplored at this point.

Metro Europa is a concept prototype of a cultural place of new generation meeting the objectives of the European Commission in 2030 (in the framework of reduction of 45% of Carbon emissions) and 2050 (carbon neutrality). It corresponds to several fundamental Bourges 2028 : Organic – it blends in with the urbanity or rurality creating new links between people over several kilometers, low cost and durable : its carbon footprint is zero and its investment cost low, replicable/editable, it is more participatory or inclusive, it can integrate the citizens in its creations and its governance.
Metro Europa is a proposal of a prototype of a new way of thinking and spread the culture on the territory, bind the citizens, artists and cultural actors between them.
Metro Europa is primarily thought of as a teaching tool opened on the territory, its inhabitants, on Europe, its wealth of its diversity, its values.

Pascal Keiser, June 2022

THE METRO EUROPA : artistic journey through the city

METRO EUROPA est un parcours culturel urbain dans la ville de Bourges mêlant lieux culturels, sites patrimoniaux et évènements artistiques inédits. Bourges 2028, candidature portant le renouveau des villes à taille humaine, comme un clin d’œil à la démétropolisation, propose la création d’un métro fictif et artistique à Bourges. 

Cet été 2022, Bourges 2028 propose 3 lignes expérimentales qui s’appuient sur des parcours déjà existants, en collaboration avec les associations, les établissements culturels et les services de la Ville de Bourges : 

  • la ligne « bleue » Nuits Lumière, 
  • la ligne « rose » Bourges Contemporain – Art et cinéma
  • la ligne « verte » Jardins – Environnement

Pour découvrir une ligne, rien de plus simple, vous devez suivre les « M » dessinés dans les rues de la ville au pochoir en rose, vert et bleu, comme des pointillés qui vous mèneront à chaque station.

Métro Europa c’est aussi l’occasion rêvée pour opter pour la mobilité douce… A pied, en trottinette, à vélo ou grâce aux bus de l’Agglomération de Bourges dont une grande partie circulent au gaz naturel ! Un partenariat entre l’entreprise Pony et Bourges 2028 vous permet de vous déplacer en trottinettes entre les différents sites pour le tarif de 2 euros.

THE RER Low Carbon Noirlac  

METRO EUROPA was designed as a project modeling exportable in the Department of Cher, Région Centre-Val de Loire, and also in the partner cities of the application of Bourges 2028. 

METRO EUROPA consists of RER low carbon Noirlac to accompany a reflection on how to connect Bourges and the territory. So, this summer, from July 16 to September 18, 2022, in addition to the three experimental lines, Bourges 2028 also offers a course of contemporary art in nature between Bourges and the Abbey of Noirlac connected by a shuttle provided by the RATP dev, which flows into biomethane. 

The stations of RER

The Area of La Périsse in Dun-sur-Auron (Cher)
The Château de Meillant in Meillant (Cher)
The Field of Châteaufer to Châteaufer (Cher)
The Abbey of Noirlac to Bruère-Allichamps (Cher)
The Canal de Berry

Each place is distinguished by its unique environment, heritage and the arts. Contemporary works of the artist Vincent Mauger will be present at the Château de Meillant and the Domain of the to Perish. Thomas Martin, meanwhile, will be exhibiting in the bocage of the Abbey of Noirlac. The contemporary installations, will be an integral part of the course, in the same way that the context of the environment and heritage places.