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On the canal of the Ourcq, three barges associative threatened with closure

The City of Paris has launched a call for applications to establish new activities on The bassin de la Villette. A show of support is scheduled for Sunday.

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On the canal of the Ourcq, three barges associative threatened with closure

The City of Paris has launched a call for applications to establish new activities on The bassin de la Villette. A statement of support is expected Sunday.

This is a game of musical chairs unique who shakes shores of bassin de La Villette and canal de l'ourcq. In early July, following a call for nominations launched in spring, three of eight barges of cultural vocation and is located in 19th arrondissement of Paris, have learned that y were asked to leave shore before 2 January next year, while four new locations are created.

An announcement seen as a shock by barges Cinema, Anako and Girl, who must give way to competitors to contours of economic diametrically opposed. "How is it that cultural projects installed over past ten years should be replaced by an annex to Crossroads and anor of "Bellevilloise" whose boss, Renaud Barillet, is to him only a part of culture of paris ? "sums up Franck Delrieu, head of Péniche Cinema. Since, signatures accumulate on petitions of support online (about 24 000 in total), and a day of joint mobilisation is scheduled for Sunday, September 17, on péniche Anako.

urban agriculture Project

The list of selected is not public, information on new arrivals are at discretion of declarations of politicians or interested parties. The houseboat offered by Carrefour group is an urban agriculture project with a sale in circuit court and on-site catering, we said it to City. About Renaud Barillet, annoyed to inherit this bad publicity, it challenges shortcut about it : "It is not at all an extension of Bellevilloise. I support so minority a separate project from barge-bal. "The cultural entrepreneur, who is also chairman of cluster Cultplace, which creates places of life, to cultural dimension (The Rotunda, Small Hall of The Villette, Dock B at Pantin, etc) sorry to be" put into door-to-fake "in this story :" We just posted, our approach is positive. And of course, one wishes that se people find a result. "

Franck Delrieu, founder of Péniche Cinema : "The City wants no more minnows in this new business plan of water ! "

" so Far, only projects of associations, non-profit, had right to apply on any of se locations, explains Franck Delrieu. Today, private sector is invited to table. In passage, operating conditions have been revised upwards. In addition to rent which y paid already, barges will have to pay a percentage of ir turnover. They have changed all rules overnight. The City wants no more minnows in this new business plan of water ! " founder of Péniche Cinema, specializing in screenings, meetings and workshops around short film.

Even sound of a bell on side of president, Anako, Sarven Ozaltin, including barge, made available by Red Cross in armenia, offers every evening a program related to peoples and cultures of world (traditional music, debates, projections...) : "We didn't realize that y were waiting for something else : more restaurants and shops. There has been no dialogue... "The most" incomprehensible " : "Why stop net an association in financial balance, which part of zero, creates twenty events per month on a field with no equivalent in Paris ? The call for nominations speaks of diversity, of culture, of respect : one has impression that it meets all of criteria ! "

Judgment in death

The three barges apart, who have many jobs and dozens of volunteers, agree neverless to say that this decision is a sign ir death warrant : "We are ordered to leave premises without any alternative to it, as if a place could leave his bases from one day to next day to go reinvent mselves, outside of Paris, and of network of channels ", says one of side of Houseboat Cinema, who hopes that a compromise will be found.

" This controversy is beyond scope of our barges : this raises question of what we want to do our city, " said Sarven Ozaltin. The three structures, which remain " combative ", are pleased to announce that a vow is to be filed at Council of Paris, and are considering filing of an appeal " to check if all criteria have been met on part of jury ", composed of representatives of city hall of 19th, of Pantin, and of public institution of La Villette.

reached by phone, City states that this is competition for occupation of public domain is only a compliance with law Fir 2. And that duration of concessions, now of ten years, against a year to date, weighed in choice. But wants to be reassuring : "The assistants are sensitive to situation of se managers, we will do utmost to satisfy everyone. "The selection has yet to be voted on at Council of Paris in weeks to come..

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