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Clément Vayssières
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Clément Vayssières

La Villette is more than just a park!

As an urban park open to all kinds of cultural, educational, and sports practices, there's always something going on at La Villette.

“The Grande Halle is both the heart of the park and a symbol of its history, as it was completely transformed and given a new vocation. Its modularity is what makes each performance so unique.” Sophie-Justine Lieber, Director

A 55-hectare park in the northern part of Paris

It is in this idyllic setting that La Villette’s diverse and ambitious cultural programming takes place. Exhibitions, dance, circus, theatre, and magic performances, along with workshops for children and adults all exemplify the park’s ambition to envision new ways of sharing and interacting with each other.

A model of humanist architecture, the Parc de la Villette sits on 55 hectares in the northern part of Paris. Its meadows, gardens, and buildings signal its vocation of welcoming the practices of many different publics, be they cultural, educational, or athletic.

Around fifteen gardens

First and foremost, it is a place where everyone is free to enjoy the meadows and gardens. There is plenty of room for people to play sports, for which the park provides specific facilities. Paris’ largest park is also a place for people to commune with nature within the confines of the city.

Notable successes include the “Jardins Passagers”, which make the utopia of an ecological, experimental, and educational vegetable garden a reality, while the farm offers visitors the chance to find out more about the animals it houses.

La Villette, a cultural space

Cultural programming is the beating heart of La Villette. It features a dizzying array of events that outline a contemporary artistic landscape as welcoming as it is ambitious. The world comes to La Villette in the form of exhibitions, concerts, films, and performances of all kinds.

La Villette’s teams have an unrivalled tool at their disposal for designing and welcoming the many events offered to the public throughout the year – halls, plazas, meadows, marquees, and modular structures – that can be adapted to the most diverse range of artistic events.
Many partners help make this ambitious programming possible.

La Villette, a hub of contemporary architecture

From the bold, modernist vision of the architect Bernard Tschumi to more recent constructions, Parc de La Villette is a space that embodies the new relationship between city and nature. From the bold, modernist vision of the architect Bernard Tschumi to more recent constructions, Parc de La Villette is a space that embodies the new relationship between city and nature.

“How to imagine a park that brings people together?” Bernard Tschumi.

Canal de l’Ourcq – La folie des anges and the East gateway.

La Villette, in a few key figures

55 HECTARES

designed by Bernard Tschumi within the city of Paris

12 MILLION

visitors per year

+ 100

artistic events per year

15 000

the size of la Grande Halle, a registered historic monument

26 FOLIES

scattered throughout the park

21 RESIDENTS

of the farm