Bourges 2028: (re)thinking the role and status of the artist in Europe in the 21st century
Bourges 2028: (re) thinking the role and status of the artist in Europe in the 21st century: Creating a European city of artists and authors, and an associated European residency network, Villa Europa'

A rich cultural history: from the humanist Renaissance to Malraux. Bourges has always been a territory of ambitions and innovations in terms of culture.

At a time when the cultural and creative industries have overtaken the automotive and aviation industries in annual turnover on the territory of the Union, Bourges wants to develop a laboratory of new practices by creating the first European City of Artists. and authors: a unique resource place in Europe developing all the services that artists and the creative industries need to develop, in a European network that is not offered anywhere else.

Reflect on the social rights and copyright of artists, but also on cultural rights, social inclusion through culture, the mobility of artists in Europe, eco-feminism, dissemination and archiving works in the digital age, to climate change, to the challenges facing European society. Take inspiration from the New European Bauhaus and S + T + ARTS, the programs of the European Commission which question the status of the artist in the Union with a specific vision.

Bourges also wants to develop “Villa Europa”, the first European network of sustainable artist residencies, around climate change, by relying on organized and sustainable European networks that already exist.

Heirs to the first Maison de la Culture in Malraux, inaugurated three times, Bourges 2028 wants, sixty years later, to invent the societal role of the artist and the democratization of culture today, new ways of creating the culture of the 21st century. But above all, give the territory a potential for creative, innovative profiles who will be those who will co-participate in its future.