19th to 29th April 2018 – Quartier Libre des Lentillères, Dijon, France
The Free Zone of the Lentillères, is a 6 hectare neighborhood of old farming land in the south of Dijon, that, after a demonstration in 2010, was occupied and re-cultivated. Since then many gardens, cabins, caravans and communities have grown up in and among the occupied houses, trees, bushes and brambles.
Since its beginning, the first small collective gardening project multiplied into several other gardening projects, collectives, venues and constellations. Now there is a weekly free price market for 6 months of the year, a bike workshop, monthly open assembly, numerous concerts and other events.
Together, the neighborhood inhabitants, gardeners, friends and supporters make up a body of people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and visions. It is itself part of a strong and broad autonomous movement in the city, of several squats and social centers.
Beyond the charm of being a piece of countryside in the city, the Lentillères neighborhood is famous in Dijon for putting into practice another way of daily life; were we can be less dependent on money, gain knowledge thru sharing and experimenting, try to break isolation thru collectivism and mutual aid, and put in to question social norms and hierarchies.
BUT, THE LENTILLÈRES IS THREATENED!
Dijon municipality plans to create an ‘Eco-district’ – a so called “ecological neighborhood” – that is green washing over an agenda of profit and gentrification. The first phase of construction has begun on an industrial plot of old slaughterhouses, but we intend to oppose the second phase, which concerns The Free Zone of the Lentillères!
ABANDON PHASE 2 OF THE ECO-QUARTER AND LONG LIVE THE EXISTING FREE ZONE!
JOIN US IN APRIL!
RSVP! If you wish to come, please let us know in advance. There are camping spaces and facilities for everyone. House spaces are available on request.
TRANSLATION: We cannot promise that interpretation from French will be available for all events, but there is an “interpretation-team” who will be working on trying to make at least the most important information available in English, Spanish and Arabic.
If you will need translation/interpretation OR can provide translation/interpretation from French into any other language, please let us know (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. translation related only!)
More information, detail, program and contact: lentilleres.potager.org