Manifesta 13 Marseille invites proposals for Les Parallèles du Sud programme

Les Paralleles du Sud

Manifesta 13 Marseille is delighted to announce an open call for participants in the Parallel Events programme, Les Parallèles du Sud.

In 2020, Manifesta 13, the European Nomadic Biennial, will take place in Marseille and Region Sud from 7 June 2020 until 1 November 2020. For its first edition in France, Manifesta 13 Marseille will work with an interdisciplinary team of architects, urbanists, artists, and curators, to genuinely integrate a series of artistic projects into the social, cultural, and political fabric of the hosting region and to create a sustainable implementation of Manifesta 13 Marseille.

One of Manifesta 13 Marseille’s main ambitions is to create long-lasting connections and creative collaborations between a local and international network of professionals, cultural producers, associations, and institutions.

Every edition of Manifesta creates a synergy between the main programme of the biennial and so-called “parallel events.” This programme will be called Manifesta 13 Marseille Les Parallèles du Sud. Les Parallèles aims at highlighting the richness of the artistic and cultural regional scene and strengthening the links between the local ecosystem and international partners. In 2018 the parallel events of Manifesta 12 Palermo were very successful in terms of visitor numbers and by generating more than 700 press articles.

The projects for Les Parallèles are selected from an open call by a jury of international and local professionals. They are self-organised and benefit from the international outreach and visitors of Manifesta through a dedicated marketing and communication strategy across digital and analogue channels of Manifesta 13 Marseille including the website, guidebook, press conferences, outdoor design, social media features, and printed material.

Region Sud will offer financial support to a number of projects in the Manifesta 13 Marseille Les Parallèles du Sud programme.

Application Guidelines

We are very pleased to open the application procedure for Manifesta 13 Marseille Les Parallèles du Sud.

Who can participate?
The projects can be proposed by local, regional, or international private and public institutions, non-profit organisations, artists, and professionals.

The projects can also be proposed by non-artistic and non-cultural partners so long as the project reflects Manifesta 13 Marseille’s main ambition.

Selection criteria
All projects submitted to the Manifesta 13 Marseille Les Parallèles du Sud should be linked with the main thematic approach of Manifesta 13 Marseille Trait d’union.s which is conceptualised in a time when human and environmental issues are urgent and complex. Specifically, Manifesta 13 Marseille focuses on the following questions: what do we learn from the plural roots of a city informed by several generations of migration?  What forms of knowledge are born out of this new generation of individuals with complex biographies? How do we create new forms of relationships that can reveal parallels between the local and global context?

The projects should have at least 2 partners, including one regional partner, and should have a clear international dimension (artistic scale, coproduction, part of international networks, etc.) and active collaboration between both partners, reflecting Manifesta 13 Marseille’s ambition to create sustainable networks.

The projects should take place in Region Sud and should take place during Manifesta 13 Marseille, from 7 June 2020 until 1 November 2020. Projects do not necessarily have to presented for the whole duration of the biennial.

All proposed projects should be in line with the high-quality standards of Manifesta 13. An interdisciplinary approach of projects will be appreciated.

Projects of Manifesta 13 Marseille Les Parallèles du Sud may charge an entry fee. In case of an entry fee, all Manifesta 13 Marseille Pass holders will be granted access to Les Parallèles du Sud at a reduced prize.

The projects will be evaluated and selected by a dedicated jury, formed by the director of Manifesta, a member of the artistic team Manifesta 13 Marseille, and two local art professionals.

The organisers of the selected projects will receive a written confirmation via email by 31 October 2019. The jury will not give reasons for its decision. All the organisers of the selected projects will be asked to sign a contract stating the artistic, logistic, operational, and financial responsibilities of both partners (Manifesta 13 Marseille and the organisers).

The selected projects which have not secured their budget or venues by the 1st of February 2020 may be withdrawn from the Manifesta 13 Marseille Les Parallèles du Sud programme.

Support from Region Sud to the programme
Only regional (based in departments of Region Sud) organisers can apply to Region Sud for financial support. In their application to the Les Parallèles du Sud programme. Applicants should mention the request for a grant to Region Sud in their projected budget. Financial support from Region Sud will be within the range of 4.000 euros to 30.000 euros, and may not exceed more than 30 % of the total budget of the project. Selection by the jury does not guarantee financial support from Region Sud.

How to Apply

To apply for the Manifesta 13 Marseille Les Parallèles du Sud programme, please download the application form at this link, and send a complete and signed copy via mail to @.

The deadline for submission is 25 September 2019.

For further information, please contact Beatrice Simonet, Manifesta 13 Parallel Events Coordinator, at @ / Tel : 04 86 11 89 75

Informational meetings for interested parties will be organized before the closing date of the open call at Manifesta 13 HQ at l’Espace Culture, 42 La Canebière, Marseille. Entrance is free but limited, we highly recommend to reserve your seat at the following links:
-To attend the informational meetings on 17 July, 11AM, please click here
-To attend the informational meetings on 17 July, 5 PM, please click here

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