Classified as a historical monument, the old Dominican convent of Haute- Alsace, dating from the 14th century, is firmly anchored in modernity. Proof to this is the union between the AudioVisualCenter’s new technologies and the mural paintings which have thus been revived despite the damages of time. The history of these centuries-old walls is emerging and the site has found again the spirituality with which it was once endowed, through multimedia technologies. The old convent has thus proudly opened up to the new gaze of the 21st century. Music and history resonate here, within the walls of a space that is unparalleled elsewhere. Without bias or dogma, all musical currents are represented in a program where eclecticism and talent are the key words. The Dominicans dare to confront baroque music with French rock during the same evening. A spirit of openness that tears apart musical frontiers to gather audiences in trainings for high-level professionals and enlightened amateurs.


Several venues constitute le Manège in Mons: - The Théâtre Royal - The Théâtre le Manège - The Site of the Arbalestriers/Maison Folie - The Abel Dubois Auditorium


A centre for creation comprising production, diffusion and training. A centre for research with a scientific team.


Mains d’Œuvres' mission is to run a cultural centre dedicated to social and artistic invention. Our primary vocation is to welcome and assist artists, arts organisation and professionals from the civil society who are involved in thinking, research, emerging and non-institutional practices, with a view to promoting their insertion into the art world. The centre is mainly a workspace offering long residencies (three years on average) to achieve this professional level. We accompany projects in all disciplines (drama, dance, music, visual arts etc.) and multidisciplinary projects, or those pertaining to the field of digital arts. Beyond this principal vocation, activities of diffusion, production and public gatherings etc. are developing. Firmly anchored in its region, constantly seeking sensitive crossovers linking art and society, Mains d’Œuvres is a resolutely multiple venue, open to all.


Ircam is active in all the fields linked to sound research (from fundamental research to industrial opportunities) and musical creation, for concerts or performing arts, thanks to seven research and development teams, a production department having set up some 97 concerts, operas and performances in 2011, and an education department which organises numerous training sessions. Today Ircam is one of the largest, publicly funded research centres in the world dedicated to musical creation and scientific research. A unique venue where art prospection and scientific and technological innovation converge, the institute has been directed by Frank Madlener since 2006, and comprises more than 160 collaborators. Ircam is developing its three major axes (creation, research and transmission) with a season in Paris, an annual festival and touring shows in France and abroad. A multidisciplinary academy of creation, (a first in France) set up by the festival that revealed it, was launched in June 2012.


The MAC/VAL is the first museum in France to be exclusively dedicated to contemporary art. It opened in November 2005, after twenty three years of history going back to the establishment of the departmental collection of contemporary art (FDAC). The artistic policy of the museum is precisely defined: contemporary art in France, and is exercised with a view to having an impact, in order to offer the discovery of the art of our time to every section of the public. Encounters are at the heart of the MAC/VAL project: a singular collection which is witness to the strong involvment with the inhabitants and which participates in the identity of the territory. The museum is the tool for this encounter, by providing custom-made, original visits and exemplary actions conducted for the handicapped or inmate populations. Also at the heart of the MAC/VAL project: is the constitution, conservation and promotion of a contemporary art collection, which demonstrates the richness of the living heritage. Over the years the MAC/VAL's permanent collection has acquired a unique character which brings together French art creation from the 1950's to the present day. The collection is composed of more than 2000 works, among which the work of many of key artists on the national scene such as Christian Boltanski, Bruno Perrament, Claude Closky, Gina Pane, Annette Messager, Pierre Huyghe… but also the work of emerging artists, revealing the MAC/VAL's wish to support artists and be closer to contemporary creation. In order to create new readings end generate new ways of looking at its collection, the MAC/VAL also invites artists to temporarily intervene during each new exhibition. As for the residencies, they also require to explore and involve the museum.


Les Instants Chavirés has been a venue for live performances since 1991, conceived as a laboratory of improvised, experimental and noise music. Its annex, the old Brasserie Bouchoule, provides another outlook on visual and sound arts.