Carrefour Culturel Arnaud Bernard
In the heart of the city of Toulouse, Carrefour Culturel Arnaud Bernard (Arnaud Bernard Cultural Crossroads, CCAB) combines cultural programmes from neighbour to neighbour, but also for the entire city, and cultural activities with political ambition in the sense of a genuine "polis" and international significance. According to the Occitan idea of culture, the greatest achievements of the human mind are rooted deeply within a district from which cosmopolitan values can arise. The dual objectives and effects of Carrefour Culturel are based on this conviction. The association also organizes the Forom des Langues du Monde (Forum of World Languages), Repas de Quartier (Neighbourhood Meals) and Conversations Socratiques (Socratic Conversations). It is also the origin of the “Declaration of Obligations to Languages and Language” and the proposal for a general introduction of studies of French languages and cultures to all French.
Creating publicness, forum for debate, neighbourhood activities, fostering local language + interregional exchange, urban renewal
Artists, musicians, political activists, all citizens with their talents and differences
Lack of lively public spaces, hierarchical society, top-down planning culture, Weak civil society, decline of regional cultures