Fête de printemps des Lentillères

Friday, 31 May to Sunday, 2 June

Lentillères Spring Festival

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On May 31st, June 1st and 2nd, we will celebrate the 14th anniversary of the beginning of the occupation of the Quartier Libre des Lentillères!

Since 2010, from land clearing to self-construction, 9 hectares have gradually been occupied by gardens, fields, cabins, parks, orchards and collective places open to all.

After having snatched the abandonment of phase 2 of the misnamed "eco-city of market gardeners" (éco-cité des maraîchers) project in 2019, and started a dialogue with the city council for the last 2 years, we find ourselves once again threatened by the city's appetite for concrete. An "ultimatum", taken out of the mayor's pocket on a Sunday morning at dawn, forces us to question the indivisibility of the 9 hectares that make up the neighborhood, to make way for an urbanization project on a strip of 1.14 hectares. This pressure undermines the trust and exchanges that we had tried to establish in recent months.

Here, an abundant diversity of lives and activities unfold: ponds and aromatic plants find their place in the middle of a BMX court, dragonflies twirl between petanque and basketball players, a sweet smell of baked bread comes out of the bakery while, at the other end, a team is busy in the kitchen preparing one of the free-priced meals in the La Chouchou canteen! A whole life has been created there for years, and continues to be invented according to the desires of each other. Because it adjoins the neighbouring eco-district, this space is crossed and permeable, used by the gardeners of Les Lentillères as well as by the neighbourhood, whether they are thirsty for a peaceful walk, extreme sport or moments of conviviality.

We need to bring this neighborhood to life, which is a refuge and gives a little air (effective and symbolic!) to hundreds of people. More than ever, we need unifying spaces of struggle in the reactionary, puppete, fascistic political environment that surrounds us. We reaffirm that the future of this neighborhood cannot be decided without the people who bring it to life on a daily basis!

And we need to feel together, sharing joy and fighting spirit, in a welcoming and supercharged spring festival!

From Friday noon to Sunday evening, in addition to the unmissable discussions, shows and concerts, you will be welcomed for tours of the neighborhood, open-air screenings at nightfall, an epic football tournament and other vegan meals. On Saturday afternoon, we will proudly bring to life the radical, anti-prison and intersectional struggles in the city, by joining the Pride and the actions of the anti-CRA movement (fight against the project of an Administrative Detention Center in Longvic).

We can't wait to get together to celebrate the neighborhood, the struggle, and their countless facets!

more info: fetedequartierdeslentilleres@lists.riseup.net

Date & Time: 

Friday, 31 May, 2024 - 12:00 to Sunday, 2 June, 2024 - 23:55

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Quartier Libre des Lentillères
39 au 45 rue Philippe Guignard
21000 Dijon


Par bus : ligne 12 - direction Chicago - arrêt Salengro ou ligne Corol - arrêt Collège Lentillères


Presently squatted

The Quartier Libre des Lentillères was born out of a demonstration in 2010, in Dijon, at the end of which a hundred people cleared and then cultivated quality land left abandoned and threatened by a real estate project.


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opening times: 

les jeudis de 17h à 19h, marché des Lentillères à prix libre, au 45 rue Philippe Guignard.