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Zone Sensible

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Located in Saint- Denis, France Opened in 2018

SDG’ s Goals 11 , 15 , 17


Zone Sensible is a project of the artistic collective Parti Poétique in Saint- Denis,Since its creation in 2003 , the collective has been developing different projects in France and abroad that  link  art and the environment. The transdisciplinary research project is themed " Pollination of the city". With the bees as a focal point, the installations in the public space question the relationship of the urban environment, its tensions, its densities and its social organization.

How does the organization address societal challenges in an innovative way?

The project was designed as an open- air creative laboratory which combines the production of more than 200 plant species cultivated in permaculture with multidisciplinary programming around the themes of nature, culture and food. As a true Farm of global cultures, the project promotes the cultural biodiversity and culinary know- how of the 135 nationalities present in Saint- Denis. The  Zone Sensible is a unique cultural facility in the territory of Seine- Saint- Denis, offering multidisciplinary events throughout the year ( exhibitions, concerts, debates, open- air cinema and theatre, etc.), residencies ( for chefs, artists, researchers), guided tours and practical workshops.

By choosing the permaculture principles, the project has made a long- term commitment to respecting ecosystems that value biodiversity and to low carbon emission practices. Zone Sensible works by respecting the seasonality of production, but also by committing to Zero pesticides. The project has also set up a recycling loop for organic waste, in partnership with the restaurants in order to recover vegetable peelings. They also partnered with a local brewery to recover the brewing grain and partnered with equestrian theatres or circuses in the area to reuse the shredded wood.What societal benefit does the organization create?

Zone Sensible is also thought of as a place for learning and sharing knowledge, with the organization of educational workshops to raise awareness of art, the living, the preservation of the environment and healthy and sustainable food. Spaces are also set up for the dissemination of all artistic  formats:  performance  stage, outdoor cinema screen, and mediation space while paying particular attention to developing atypical events.

What new urban trades are created in the project?

Farmer- animator, Agricultural artist / Beekeeper artistic mediator.

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