A collaborative project from event agencies Surprize, Earnest, and Doppler and the town hall of the 11th arrondissement, La Friche will occupy a 3,000-square-meter plot at 66 Boulevard Richard-Lenoir (about five paces from the Bastille Design Center), extending through the block towards the Église Saint-Ambroise on the opposite side. All going well, this combination of a mega street food market and beer garden — something which Paris has been lacking on the kind of scale you’d expect from a major world capital — will open on Thursday, September 8th and remain free to access through to the end of October.
In the place of cracked concrete and proliferating dandelions, we can expect a new social space for Paris which adheres to the city’s ecological principles. It is being constructed using recycled materials and will be furnished with reclaimed or upcycled objects.
According to Morgan Even of Earnest, in the way of things to do there will be ‘two refreshment bars set up in converted shipping containers, a selection of food trucks, an area for petanque and another for Mölkky, a ping pong table, a drawing wall, an open stage, a playground and games for children, a teaching garden, and cabanas in which associations, artisans, and traders can present their creations’. Which is to say, there is plenty to get excited about. It’s envisaged as more of a daytime venue, however exact opening times have yet to be announced.
Once autumn is upon us and La Friche has run its course, the plot will be transformed into a public garden, ready to be opened at some point in 2017. So be sure to pay this unique patch of urban paradise a visit while you have the chance!
📅 Thursday, September 8th until the end of October.