Part funded by the EU

The European Polycentre for Artistic Creation is a platform for resource and development and a network of creation centres for street and circus arts for the euroregion of Haute-Normandie, Picardie, Pas-De- Calais in France and East Sussex in England. It is part funded by the European Union within the program of Interreg IIIA.

The PECA network was established following a close collaboration and artistic exchanges from 1997 to
2000 between street arts festivals in Sotteville-lès-Rouen, Amiens and Brighton.

Since 2001, the PECA partners include, on the French side:
- Le Hangar - Creation Centre for street arts/Amiens Métropole
- L’Atelier 231 - National Centre for street arts /Sotteville-lès-Rouen
- Culture Commune - National Centre of the Mineral Bassin of Pas-de-Calais
/ Loos-en-Gohelle
And on the English side:
- Zap Art - The Virtual Creation Centre, with the participation of Brighton & Hove and Hastings.

The partners are interested in the overall development and the professional development of street arts and circus arts as an integral and significant part in urban regeneration. The partnership considers spaces dedicated to residencies and artistic creation as important supports for the emergence of new dynamics with populations and regional development, with cultural, social and economical objectives.

The Polycentre plays two major roles:
a pole of development and a resource platform.

The pole of development aims to facilitate a way of thinking and the exchange of skills in supporting the production of new shows, artistic projects, professional training, workshops and creating a dynamic between artists and local populations.
The resource platform, comprises the combined facilities (human, logistic, technical, financial and administrative) and skills of each partner put together.

In this context, the partners supported, amongst other projects, the creation of the ‘The Lazy Kings’ by French company Transe Express, with an active involvement of the local population from each partners.
It is also in this context and with an exchange of experience and expertise, that the network support the development of the first Creation Centre in England around an inter-district project in East Sussex.

In addition the partners have presented a range of debates at events such as the National Street Arts Meeting (NSAM) in Brighton and the Creation Centre Conference and Professional Development Seminar in Hastings with the participation of both UK and French professionals speaking from the street arts and circus arts sectors.

The transborder cooperation project "Work in progress" offers the opportunity for the different partners to enlarge their field of artistic and cultural work as well as enabling them to produce large-scale productions on an International scale. It has also allowed the partners to improve the technical and equipment facilities of the different creation spaces already established: l’Atelier 231 in Sotteville-lès-Rouen and la Fabrique Théâtrale of Culture Commune in Loos-en-Gohelle, and those planned in the
future: le Hangar in Amiens and experimentation with work methods in the UK’s Creation Centre in the south east.