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


The first art centre dedicated to the relationship between artistic creation and nature, the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire displays an ambitious program of contemporary art as well as the International Gardens Festival.



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.


The Jeu de Paume's mission is the diffusion of photography and images with a resolutely open and transversal approach in terms of chronology- 19th to 21st centuries- and in terms of diverse contemporary image practices (photography, cinema, video, installation etc.). It also supports Internet creation by hosting artists' projects, especially created for the web on the virtual space of its site. Wishing to promote the culture of images to as many people as possible, the Jeu de Paume has created Youth Tuesdays. For the youngest of children, family visits provide children and adults with time and space for complicity. The Jeu de Paume also offers numerous activities for teachers and schools: partnerships, prepared visits, lectures and internships. Finally, the Jeu de Paume is developing specific resources on its website, with online publishing of seminars, conferences and filmed portraits, videos and exhibitions which present interviews with artists and curators. In the spring of 2010, it created an online magazine which has become a new space for exchanges and thinking, with a variety of regularly updated resources: articles, videos, photo galleries and sound files.


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.


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.