La Riponne: La Cité on the Square

La Riponne: La Cité sur la place

This area encompasses the Arche du Pont Bessières, the Cathedral and its immediate surroundings, including Place St-Maur.

Place de la Riponne, in spite of its central position in the city, is a relatively cold and unfriendly space most of the year. The stage, set at the foot of Palais Rumine, faces a temporary architectural setup (Les Marches, or The Steps) creating a new atmosphere to get the inhabitants to engage emotionally with powerful, energetic and festive shows in this normally fairly bleak but animated urban setting.

The Cathedral evokes the magic of grand architecture with its unique location, while Place St-Maur gives the public a chance to rediscover a well-known area of the city centre. As for the nearby Arche du Pont Bessières, it is prone to chance encounters, dialogue and the exchange of ideas!