Ivry: Hoche Street is yours!

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Ivry: Hoche Street is yours!

The operation La Rue est à Nous proposes meetings every Sunday, led by the collective of the Theatre El Duende, with theatre, dance, music and even bicycle rides.

What could be better than a closed street to get people out of their homes and share good times, safely.In Ivry, every Sunday until August 15th, with the operation “La Rue est à nous”, the artists’ collective of the Theatre El Duende and its partners take over part of the rue Hoche to offer various shows, discover books or even serve as a starting point for unusual bike rides. From 12 to 6 pm, you can also just sit in a deckchair, to see, listen, chat or stroll.

We had the project in our heads a bit since the confinement,” says Sébastien Castro, one of the members of the El Duende collective, “but we reacted especially when the green light was given by the financers on 6 July. Thanks to the $48,000 in subsidies paid by the Drac, the departmental council, the prefecture and the town, the project took shape.Good wills have come together: the Ivry graphic artists’ collective “Ne Rougissez Pas” has concocted the entire street atmosphere, from the plant-carrying furniture to coloured tablecloths and billboards.

“A dynamic for the inhabitants who don’t go on holiday.”

The bookshop Envie de Lire has left the town centre to go up to the plateau with its boxes of second-hand books sold at very low prices, while La Cour Cyclette, an association in Alfortville, offers bike rides – on loan for the occasion – on special themes such as composting (this Sunday), a “donkey walk” (2 August) or pedalling and composing (9 August), the latter on registration on the association’s website.

The artists of the Theatre El Duende, like its extension the association 1st Act, open on Wednesdays and Saturdays near the house of district Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, small workshops to the inhabitants of Ivry whose restitutions are carried out during these Sunday appointments.

We’re dealing with an emergency,” adds Sébastien, “that of the cultural void of the period coupled with a lack of sharing, links and human relations. This will help to create a dynamic in the city for the inhabitants who don’t go on holiday.

This Sunday afternoon, young and old alike happily took possession of the rue Hoche, starting with the sounds of Latin American music played by the duo Javier and Luis, tasting a pancake or a galette, a homemade cake, a lemonade, and getting ready to savour the rest, theatre, dance, songs and more music.


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