The city of Enghien-les-Bains was designated a UNESCO City of Media Arts in 2013. For the last 10 years, Media Arts have been the subject of a coordinated strategy in the fields of education, tourism, economy and the city’s cultural, artistic and social development.
The Arts Centre, a space for digital creation subsidized by the French Ministry for Culture and Communication, is one of the main spearheads of this policy in connection with the various services of the city. A place of creation, research, production and dissemination, it boasts a demanding annual programme and implements numerous mediation activities aimed at all types of audiences. Thanks to cutting edge artistic and technical expertise, the establishment is also a platform for exchanges and debates on the links between the arts, science and technology.
Media Arts are a source of attraction for Enghien-les-Bains. They irrigate and revitalize urban spaces through ambitious video-mapping projects and the outreach of the international biennial Bains Numériques which, with its wide range of artistic proposals, an international competition and professional meetings, transforms the city into an open laboratory. Enghien-les-Bains is also involved in partnerships and actions through the RAN, Network of Media Arts, initiated by the Arts Centre in 2007 and which today has around 40 members across the world, as well as numerous collaborative projects with Canada, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Africa.
As a Creative City of Media Arts, Enghien-les-Bains envisages:
- Bringing local actors together around a common strategy supporting digital creation;
- Encouraging a stronger participation of citizens in Media Arts projects;
- Sharing its expertise with other member cities and fulfilling its role of Coordinator in the Media Arts city group. In this sense, the city is committed to: