Street Fiesta

A new concept in neighbourhood celebration in France


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About the project Edit

Since July 2011, a group of residents from the Beaubrun-Tarentaize neighbourhood stayed in Barcelona. It doesn’t happen in Barcelona anymore – to the point where they decided to import the Gràcia Festival to their own neighbourhood. It’s a street decoration contest that culminates in a popular grand ball that takes place in August in Gràcia, Barcelona. The residents present wanted to bring this event there like the famous conquistadors.

La Fiesta des Rues du quartier Beaubrun Tarentaize, aura lieu le vendredi 17 et le samedi 18 mai 2013.
The Street Fiesta of the Beaubrun Tarentaize neighbourhood will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, 2013.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This is a new project in the region. Taking a Spanish celebration to make a popular neighbourhood celebration in Saint-Étienne is a calculated risk. It isn’t a neighbourhood celebration organized by social institutions, but by its residents. This celebration will look a lot like the Festa de Gràcia in Barcelona, but Beaubrun Tarentaize residents will take ownership by using it as an engine to live together better. This event will also be and is mostly a pretense to get ride of the common pejorative attitudes that the neighbourhood suffers from.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The Street Fiesta puts all Beaubrun Tarentaize neighbourhood associations in contact with each other. More than anything, this celebration is created to bring out the neighbourhood’s social diversity and to affirm its identity. The theme is the jungle. Here, residents choose to go back to the pejorative term used by people outside their neighbourhood and reappropriate it.

As well, a documentary that will be filmed during the project’s preparation will allow for analysis and put a spotlight on the social phenomena that the Festival will create.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The Street Fiesta is a new way of doing neighbourhood celebrations in France. It isn’t a closed neighbourhood festival, but one that is open to the city. It will really bring out the desire to change the outsiders’ outlook of neighbourhood. It’s an initiative by neighbourhood residents and as it’s open to the city, it requires huge organization because it blocks an entire part of the city. It could serve, for example, as a basis for city halls if another neighbourhood wanted to do the same thing. The documentary will highlight all of the steps taken and will, therefore, serve as a guide for Street Fiestas.

Who knows? Maybe the Street Fiesta will become in Saint-Étienne what it is in Barcelona, meaning a city that touches the entire city. A street decoration contest between the various neighbourhoods in Saint-Étienne.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The triggering factor was the Beaubrun Tarentaize residents’ trip to Barcelona and their desire to improve rest of the city’s image of their neighbourhood.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

This project is based on volunteerism more than anything since it’s a pretty poor neighbourhood that wants to show that we don’t really need money to do interesting things. Neighbourhood residents make decorations out of recycled material. Of course without money, this project wouldn’t be possible. That’s why subsidies from various organizations were requested. A poster contest was launched to announce the Street Fiesta that was also printed on t-shirts sold during the event. A subsidy was requested to reimburse the contest winner.

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