Highlights of the Biennale


par Vincent Gobber

Mirae, Clémence Creveau, 2021 © Clémence Creveau

For the first time, the Biennale spans four months. From April to July, a programme of over 200 events and other highlights will be taking place in addition to the exhibitions, inviting every type of audience to choose their paths.


Impossible to miss! From 6 April onwards, the Biennale will be deployed across Saint-Etienne Métropole and beyond, on the theme of Bifurcations. Exhibitions, installations, talks, workshops, cultural and design events: everyone is invited, in a thousand ways, to take a step back to look at their life afresh and explore the paths they could take at the bifurcations in their road. In April, Esadse (Saint-Étienne Higher School of Art and Design) makes its mark with its exhibition Escapements (Spacings), which features students’ final year projects and offers a panorama of what young creatives are doing. 

6 April
Opening talk: Subir ou choisir ses bifurcations (Bifurcations: imposed
or chosen paths)

Cité du design

8 April - 8 May
Exhibition Espacements
Ceysson, Garnier des arts, Les Limbes, L'Assaut de la menuiserie galleries, and Cité du design

20 - 24 April
En mode bifurcation : s’habiller et sauver la planète (In bifurcation mode: dressing to save the planet)
Ground Control, Paris 12

29 April - 1 May
Vintage Design Market
Place Jean Jaurès, Saint-Étienne


Stretching the imagination
Designers, researchers, educators and the general public come together to share and encourage "bifurcating" practices. From 17 to 19 May, the "New European Bauhaus" week on "research, education, networks" includes, among other things, Dzing Dzing, a conference organised with the Ministry of Culture and numerous schools of art and design, to explore the field of research through drawing, and the Inspire talk in partnership with EDF. May will also be marked by the unveiling on 6 May of the winners of the Commerce Design Prize awarded by the City of Saint-Étienne to showcase shopkeepers that have recently used the services of designers.

5 - 28 May
Design in shops
Exhibition of the work of designers trained at Esadse in Saint-Étienne shops

12 May
Penser depuis l’Afrique (Thinking from Africa)
Study day, Cité du design

21 May
An’Om & Vayn, concert With the Paroles et Musiques festival,
Cité du design


Meeting up
The good weather is here again, and so is the Banc d’essai operation, one of the recurring highlights of each Biennale. Residents and visitors have the chance to interact with innovative design urban furniture. And from 1 June, the Cité du design will be hosting the 1st Rencontre nationale du design actif with the Agence nationale de cohesion des territoires (National agency for territorial cohesion). In June, the Biennale also has a special offering for designers, companies and local authorities: Professionals’ Week. This is also the month to get together with family and friends and enjoy a programme of festive events, culminating with La Biennale en fête on 23 June. Not forgetting the opening on 25 June at the MAMC+ of the Globalisto exhibition, with a concert given by its curator Mo Laudi.

1 June - 25 September
Banc d’essai
Exhibition of urban furniture all over Saint-Etienne

4 June
Jazz session with Jazz à Vienne,
Le Solar, and Rhino Jazz(s), Cité du design

18 June
Family Day: A series of workshops and events for all ages
Cité du design

23 June
La Biennale en fête
Festive events at the Cité du design


Getting away from it all
Concerts, performances, guided tours outside: the July programme takes advantage of the summer season to take visitors on a discovery tour of the urban and rural areas of the Saint-Étienne metropolitan district and the Auvergne- Rhône-Alpes region, to Annecy, Lyon, Valence or the Ardèche or Haute-Loire countryside. Inside and outside the Cité du design, a multitude of cultural events are on the Biennale programme, offering visitors and audiences other ways of exploring the subject of bifurcations. A disruptive cultural approach to the world of design, which puts the theme of the 12th edition into practice.

2 July
Entendez-vous dans nos campagnes : faire avec ou faire place
Talk at Cité du design

9 July
Culinary master class: La Cuisine antigaspi
Workshop at La Fabuleuse Cantine

par Vincent Gobber

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