La Riponne: La Cité on the Square
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
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!