“Pau is a laboratory for the culture of tomorrow” according to the Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul-Malak. She visited this Saturday, July 30, 2022 in the capital of Bearn. A detour as she travels to the Gers to attend the Jazz in Marciac festival. In the presence of François Bayrou, Mayor of Pau and High Commissioner for Planning, Rima Abdul Malak, whose first visit to Béarn since his appointment, was able to discover the Ciutat, the Château de Pau and the site of the cultural complex of Fairground which will be inaugurated next September.
The visit began around 10:30 am at La Ciutat, a place dedicated to Béarnaise culture and even more broadly to Occitan, Gascon and Béarnaise cultures. A “village” in the city as presented to him by François Bayrou. The place, which includes a café, a bookstore and a center for cultural practice and transmission, made a strong impression on the Minister. Its presence is not completely fortuitous, it does not hide wanting to be inspired by it. “We are also working on this future Cité internationale de la langue française in Villers-Cotterêts, but which can only take on its full meaning if we also take into account the diversity and richness of regional languages which make up this particular soul of France. This project is particularly emblematic and I wanted to understand the scope of this project, its development, its potential for the future and how it can inspire others elsewhere” I explained Rima Abdul-Malak.
The visit then continued at the Château de Pau, where François Bayrou notably recounted the history of Béarn, Gaston Phébus and Henri IV.