Headline: Loos-en-Gohelle et son écosystème culturel

Following the end of coal production in 1986, the small town of Loos-en-Gohelle in northern France transformed itself from a former mining stronghold into a model municipality for sustainability. This article highlights the importance of cultural policy measures in this structural change: while in other municipalities in the northern French coalfield, cultural policy was used to change the image of the region, Loos-en-Gohelle aimed to involve the local population in the socio-ecological transformation process. Participatory cultural work thus became an instrument of emancipation. However, the possibilities for mobilising the population appear to have reached a turning point in recent years. Loos-en-Gohelle is faced with the challenge of developing new forms of cultural participation in order to prevent the momentum from slowing down.

RIFS Studies

Florentin, D., Veys, M., Robic, N., & Faltermeier, K. (2023). Loos-en-Gohelle et son écosystème culturel. RIFS Study, Novembre 2023.

https://publications.rifs-potsdam.de/rest/items/item_6003322_7/component/file_6… https://doi.org/10.48481/rifs.2023.029
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