La Belle de Mai is a venue for artists invited by producers who operate from the venue itself or are invited. The organization is based on 45 cultural workers - art companies, independent artists, service and training organizations - working with all the contemporary art fields: theatre, music, dance, plastic arts, cinema and video creation, information and communication technology, cross-disciplinary activities. The project is based on the "Artist’s Word" and what it brings about in terms of social, economic and urban realities until reaching/meeting the public.
Former use : tobacco manufacture
Surface of the site : 12 hectares
Foundation year : 1990
Type of occupation : free-lending contract for Système Friche Théâtre
Owner of the building : City of Marseille
6 Rehearsal studios : 2000 m²
Bar/Restaurant : 400m²
Dance hall : 1000 m²
3 Theatre hall : 3000 m²
Art gallery/exhibition places : 500 m²
18 Artist residencies spaces (music, visual arts,…) : 2000 m²
Associations spaces : 2000 m²
Multi-use spaces (exhibition, performances, residencies) : 10 000 m²
Social and artistic disciplines
Radio: Radio Grenouille (88.8 fm)
Community projects with the neighbourhood
Specific cultural activities for children
Recording studios audio and vidéo
Artistic education / training: trainings for contemporary music, dancen singing, music....
A.M.I - Association des Musiques Innovatrices
associated producer of Friche’s direction dedicated to music : hip-hop, expérimental, flamenco...
Producer, residencies and exhibitions of contemporary art
Mediterranean workshop of production and sound creation
Massalia Théâtre de Marrionnettes
the theatre producer of la Friche ; it operates the theatrical programmation : theatre, young public theatre , puppet show, circus...
Producer, résidencies exhibitions of contemporary art
City of Marseille Ministry of Education Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region General council of Bouches du Rhônes
Percentage of own income : 10%