UN ÉTÉ AU HAVRE : EACH SUMMER, A BOLD ENCOUNTER WITH CONTEMPORARY ART
The adventure began in 2017 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the city and the port. Jean Blaise – the artistic director of Un Été Au Havre – grabbed this unique opportunity with both hands and imagined a spectacular anniversary celebration over several months, enjoyed by more than two million visitors.
Widely acclaimed by both locals and visitors and supported by public authorities and economic stakeholders, Un Été Au Havre has become a recurring event. Thus, in Le Havre, the summer season is the right time for a bold encounter with art, heritage, and culture, rejuvenated each year by the addition of new contemporary artworks that are displayed all over the city during Un Été Au Havre.
A permanent collection built up over the years and embellished each summer has gradually transformed the city into an open-air contemporary art exhibition accessible to all.
The intervention of world-famous artists in the public space has a strong impact on the way people look at the city. Le Havre lures and seduces more and more visitors, coming to the city for Un Été Au Havre, but also to enjoy the seaside, festive, cultural, and sporting character of this often overlooked destination.
Lang / Baumann, Karel Martens, Vincent Ganivet, Fabien Mérelle, Stéphane Thidet, Rhys Chatham, Compagnie Carabosse, Royal de Luxe, Julien Berthier, Chiharu Shiota, Jace, Charlotte Roux, Henrique Oliveira, Erwin Wurm, Susan Philipsz...
Each artist brings his own vision to reveal the singularity and unique character of the city.
THE 2020 EDITION
In 2020, despite the cancellation of the opening event and the fact some of the artists initially invited were confined when they could have produced their works, 18 artworks and monumental installations will still be visible in the public space.
Un Été Au Havre will take place from 11th July to 4th October. The visitors and locals will be able to see 18 artworks and installations spread all over the city, including 7 new ones. Un Été Au Havre is best enjoyed by following the 4 discovery tours, which are designed to guide visitors through the artworks and the most significant local heritage places, and help them discover the interesting tourist spots Le Havre has to offer.
The programme also includes 3 major exhibitions :
- Nuits Electriques, at MuMa - André Malraux Museum of Modern Art > 3rd July to 1st November 2020 ;
- Mrzyk & Moriceau – Never Dream of Dying, at Le Portique, Regional Contemporary Art Centre of Le Havre > 11th July to 27th September 2020 ;
- EXHIBIT !, at Le Tetris, Contemporary music venue, to explore digital creation with Lawrence Malstaf and Alex Verhaest > 27th June to 6th September 2020.
Foreword by Jean-Baptiste Gastinne
Thanks to the unwavering commitment of the GIP members and the invaluable support of many local stakeholders, the 2020 edition of Un Été Au Havre could be maintained. Even though our ambition and desire remain the same, the necessary conditions for the event to take place have led us to think [...]
Foreword by Jean Blaise
LOOK OUT TO THE SEA Monsieur Goéland* has just moved to Le Havre. This new character created by Stephan Balkenhol looks happy standing on his perch and looking out to the horizon. « Look out to the sea », he says. Standing behind him, the Museum of Natural History must have something to [...]
The GIP un Été Au Havre public interest group
The GIP Un Été Au Havre Public Interest Group was created to manage this major event launched in 2017. The four founding members were the City of Le Havre, the Le Havre Seine Métropole urban community, HAROPA – Port of Le Havre, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of the Seine [...]
A social and civic commitment
Since 2017, two local associations have been collaborating to train visitor welcome assistants to work on some of the artworks and exhibitions presented during Un Été Au Havre. Founded in 2010, MARC is a local association gathering arts and culture professionals. One of its main purposes is to [...]
THE UN ÉTÉ AU HAVRE COMMUNITY
THE GIP UN ÉTÉ AU HAVRE PUBLIC INTEREST GROUP The GIP Un Été Au Havre Public Interest Group was created to manage this major event. The four founding members were the City of Le Havre, the Le Havre Seine Métropole urban community, HAROPA – Port of Le Havre, and the Chamber of Commerce and [...]
The LH Club
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Seine-Estuaire does its utmost to encourage local stakeholders from all economic sectors to support Un Été Au Havre. With this in mind, two « Business » clubs were created in 2017 to coordinate and improve local patronage and enable all participants to [...]
THE TPE-PME CLUB
The TPE-PME Club enables all small and medium-sized companies located in Le Havre and the Seine Estuary to become sponsors of Un Été Au Havre and thus contribute to the attractiveness of the area. Indeed, corporate philanthropy actions have played a major part in the improvement of Le Havre's [...]
For Le Havre's 500th anniversary in 2017, there were one thousand Ambassadeurs du Commerce*. Today, their network still mobilises shop owners, craftsmen, service providers, and independent professionals, gathered to offer a warm welcome to all Un Été Au Havre visitors. Once again this year, [...]