Renowned cultural hub in the heart of France
TEXT: EDDI FIEGEL | PHOTO: HELENE PAMBRUN
This historic town of Nevers, in central France, may have a population of less than 40,000, but when it comes to international culture, the town can easily match many a larger city.
Its renowned arts centre Maison de la Culture Nevers Agglomération – or MCNA as it is known locally – led by Director Jean-Luc Revol, has become a hub for the very best in international theatre, visual arts, cinema, dance and music – including jazz, classical, rock and contemporary.
The 2018/2019 programme features an impressive list of artists. From acclaimed ballet company Malandain Ballet Biarritz, there is a performance of their new work La Belle et La Bête (Beauty and The Beast) and a new show – ‘Cuisine et Confessions’ (Cooking and Confessions) – from innovative Canadian circus company Les 7 Doigts.
On the music front, there is a similarly fascinating and eclectic range of shows. Cult German New Wave singer Nina Hagen will be performing the songs of Bertholt Brecht, alongside performances from the likes of innovative Irish combo Buille and French musical comedy act Les Coquettes.
In 2019, the MCNA building, originally built in 1970, will be given a spectacular, makeover by architects Ateliers O-S, and there are still further plans for extension with a new café area for pre and post show activities and performances, as well as an impressive new roof terrace.
MCNA also has an extensive family programme with a variety of children’s shows including puppet shows and other activities, as well as an outreach programme in which shows are taken to the neighbouring villages, bringing top quality performances to local communities.