A major creative hub on the former site of the Seita Tobacco factory, la Friche is an architectural complex that is both industrial and contemporary, truly anchored in the city, but looking outwards to the world.
In the space of just 20 years, La Friche la Belle de Mai has become a unique hotbed of experimentation. 45000m2 devoted to creativity and contemporary artistic experimentation bound up with social, economic and political challenges in its immediate environment (the local neighbourhood and city) and the wider world (France – the world). From the word go, in 1992, la Friche la Belle de Mai aspired to build close ties with the neighbourhood that shares its name, with Marseille and the city's youth.
Over and above the artistic activities at its heart, la Friche shares the site with the public providing a variety of activities for all. As well as areas dedicated to the arts (artists' workshops, arts organisations' offices ) and performance venues (theatres, concerts, exhibitions) la Friche also has a skatepark, sports area, creche, shared community gardens, a restaurant, cafe/ bookshop and a 8000m2 roof terrace, a veritable public meeting place that stretches over the city as far as the sea.
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