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Summary : ARALIS has opened a concert hall inside a welcome centre principally for immigrants, those in complex situations and the socially isolated. Open to residents of the centre and locals in the neighbourhood, the "76th Circle" offers varied weekly shows and enables free access to culture to all.

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  • Start date : 2008
  • Budget : 12000 €
  • Source and details on funding : ACSE, Regional Council Rhone-Alps and the town of Villeurbane,




Editorial committee

  • Date of proofreading :  09/05/2014 00:00
Solution(s) : Culture, sport and leisure activities Social exclusion and isolation
Country :  France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Stature of the programme :  Local
Participant :  Public institution
  • Beneficiaries :  Urban population, Immigrants
  • Domain :  Leisures activities, Sports, Culture

Reports collected as part of the RESOLIS programme « Poverty France » (Villeurbanne)

Copyright: Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ )
To reference a document published by RESOLIS : Lucas Juliette , « The 76th CIRCLE, SOCIAL INCLUSION THROUGH ACCESSING CULTURE », **Journal RESOLIS** (2014)

Background to the programme

Since 2008, The Association of Rhone Alps for Housing and Social Inclusion" (ARALIS) has used the meeting room and cultural space "The 76th Circle" in the Nicolas Garnier centre. This centre, formerly for migrant workers, has 300 rooms available. The people coming to the 76th Circle from then on has been made up of an immigrant population who, due to various and complex circumstances, have become withdrawn from society. The project has taken the form of monthly shows of various form (music, theatre, dance, etc.) which are free to all.

Objectives of the programme

- To welcome, house and guide isolated people and under privileged families into secure, residential surroundings with the aim of increasing their self-reliance and inclusion in society.
- To enable the discovery of free cultural centres in the town and surrounding area, while being accompanied.

Implemented actions

- Monthly attractions of a good standard, free to residents of the centre and local inhabitants, in the 76th Circle room.
- A mixture of shows to reach a divrerse family audience: concerts (Cuban music, French songs, Spanish music, Malian percussion), theatre, dance (hip-hop), circus and film screenings.

Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions

- Between 50 and 90 people helped the shows: residents of the centre and more and more local inhabitants are coming and are very interested in the program of the centre.
- It needed several months for the program of the centre to be able to register local people and then, so that they were aware of the shows, it was necessary to put methods of communication in place.

Original characteristics

The originality aspect of the 76th Circle is to be a concert hall within a social housing centre.

Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme

The association's partners have signed a charter and participate in a monthly evening: the Zeotrope theatre company (made up of local residents), the Refugee Forum, Raymond and Merveilles in residence, Krakatoa Productions and the town of Villeurbane (Direction of Democracy, the development of the lives of local residents; Direction of action and cultural development)


Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :

For reasons attached to workers rights (the workers from ARALIS could not work after 8pm) ARALIS has recently given up the administration of the centre.

Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :

The town hall is temporarily managing the centre until the end of 2014 at which point the future of the 76th Circle must be decided. A work group (a collection of associations from Villeurbane) has been set up to encourage the recovery of the centre. During this transitional period and while work is going on in the building (important reconstruction work from September 2013 to January 2016) a program outside of the building is being accommodated by different partnered centres in the area.

Suggestions for future improvement :

-To make the committee in charge of the programing more dynamic by increasing the number of partners in the area: development, integration in the area, facilitate communication, increase the involvement of locals.
- To promote/develop the participation of volunteers during the evenings at the 76th Circle (to install the company, welcome the locals, to co-ordinate a moment for the locals to meet the artists, to organise an artists meal).
- A work group is considering the future of the 76th Circle after the work: Where to find more dynamism? How will it be handled? Does an association have to be created? What are its objectives?

Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :

- A variable number of participants but overall there was the sound manager (accounted for in the budget) and 3 to 4 additional volunteers per evening.
- The companies which appear are paid for their performance.

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