A Summer In Le Havre was launched in 2017 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the city and the port. This significant milestone was marked by an extensive series of events held during the summer. This festive, varied, lively, and high-profile celebration was directed by Jean Blaise, on behalf of former Mayor Edouard Philippe. Pretty much like the city, A Summer In Le Havre is based on audacity and modernity. Under the artistic direction of Jean Blaise, several major international artists were invited to revisit Le Havre. As soon as they arrived in Le Havre, the artists who took part in the first edition of A Summer In Le Havre were set on creating very large installations, probably inspired by the size of the city and the emotions it reveals... In addition to the installation of modern artworks in public space, the artistic dialogue between the city and its residents is a major component of A Summer In Le Havre's DNA.
In the same way things changed after the inscription of the city's architecture on UNESCO's World Heritage List, A Summer In Le Havre propelled Le Havre into an artistic dimension, and made it a « super trendy » place to visit. The happy marriage between Le Havre and modern art was extended to 2018 for another much-acclaimed series of events devised in a very short time. A Summer In Le Havre has now settled.
For A Summer In Le Havre 2019, Jean Blaise has urged several major international artists to challenge the architecture of the city and transform it into a large playground where their art can be expressed in public space. Ten new artworks and installations have been added to the permanent collection.