Culture - Economy - Innovation
March 31st - April 1st 2016
Grand-Théâtre de Bordeaux
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The international meetings - FAQ

Where and when will the next international meeting of the Forum d’Avignon @Bordeaux be held ?

For this 8th edition, the debates will be held at the Grand Théatre de Bordeaux, Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux, on March 31st and April 1st 2016. Off-site events (concert, performances) are also planned.

Who will take part in the Forum d’Avignon ?

Diversity is the Forum d’Avignon’s leitmotiv: this get-together will assemble all kinds of stakeholders – companies, start-ups, artists, creators, institutions, students and international university professors – in order to feed the public debate around news topics or society’s prospective questions, relayed to national and international authorities.

Are the Forum d’Avignon @Bordeaux’s debates open to everyone?

The meetings will be organized in different phases :
A time for general public (opening session on March 31st, concert…) Registration is mandatory on our website, A proof of ID will be required at the entrance.
Debates between professionals (on April 1st), attendance by invitation only.

What’s the theme of the Forum d’Avignon@Bordeaux ?

Each year, debates and artist performances are planned around a specific theme. After themes, such as Reasons to hopes (2012), Culture and power (2013), Reform through culture (2014), this year’s theme --Cultural entrepreneurship -- has been prepared for months by working groups with help from big international consulting firms. They will present propositions for the future of culture and creative and cultural industries.
Far from reducing culture to the sole economic or social stake, cultural entrepreneurship means focusing on the role and responsibility of creators. It’s about bringing up the new financing conditions for creation and the role of private and public partners in order to favor access and broadcasting of creation, two cornerstones of cultural diversity. It’s about accompanying the digital transformation and promoting an “ethical” use of data. Finally, it’s about reaffirming the singularity of culture and its necessity to build social cohesion between territories and to reinforce pacifism between nations at a time of loss of bearings.

Why a Forum d’Avignon in Bordeaux?

The Forum d’Avignon has been organising international meetings since 2008. For the past 8 years, twelve editions have been held : 6 in Avignon at the Palais des Papes, one in Paris, 4 in Germany – in Essen and at the Zollverein site – and one in Bilbao. Besides, 20 debates are held each year in multiple French and European cities. Bordeaux is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and shares the Forum d’Avignon’s conviction that by anchoring culture at the heart of territories, the whole of the cultural professions and stakeholders can help promote creation to an international audience. The promotion of links between culture, innovation and smart cities appears through a continuously updated heritage, especially thanks to the Grand Théâtre, the Museum of Contemporary Art (CAPC), to the Darwin ecosystem and the upcoming Cité du Vin. Cf. Press release

What is Culture is Future ?

Culture is Future assembles works from the Forum d’Avignon’s think tank year round.

What are the Forum d’Avignon’s publications ?

Relying on a worldwide network of academics, creators, entrepreneurs, specialists, international consulting firms and over 30 public and private partners, the Forum produces exclusive studies (nearly 40 to date) and concrete propositions in 3 fields :
* Economic models, tax systems, creation funding
* Innovation and digital
* Territorial attractiveness

What is the provisional planning for the Forum d’Avignon @Bordeaux ?

Your stay in Bordeaux will be an opportunity to discover incredible places, and to go on a tour through emblematic cultural places.
The program is still in preparation and will be online as soon as possible. A detailed version will be sent to the participants a few days before the event.
Around the theme “Cultural entrepreneurship”, artists, politicians, entrepreneurs, international academics will draw up debates for culture and share propositions to act. Artistic performances will enliven the debates that will be live-sketched by cartoonists from Cartooning for Peace, including Plantu.

How can you contact the organisation?

The team of the Forum d’Avignon is at your service to welcome you.
- For all questions concerning the debates and the program, please email the Forum d’Avignon’s team at:,
- For all questions concerning the logistic and organisation, please email


General information:

Up to when can I register?

Registration remains open until March 10, 2016 (included).

In order to sign up for the meetings, a personal access code is required. How can I get it ?

Only open to professionals, the Forum d’Avignon@Bordeaux is by invitation only. You can send a request by email to

Can I transfer my invitation? Can I go with someone else?

Your invitation is personal and not transferable. You can contact the Forum’s team ( and they will respond as soon as possible.

I can’t reach the registration platform or I forgot my access code. Who shall I contact?

If you can’t reach your online registration, email us at or call us at +33 (0)7 63 16 82 54

Is it possible to see a recap of my information and selected options online ?

Once your registration is completed, you will be sent a recap email.

How can I sign in for the concert* on March 31st?

Every year, the Forum d’Avignon puts on a free concert during the International meetings.

The concert will be performed on Thursday, March 31st around 10PM. The venue and the artist name will be named soon.

The free tickets can be collected from February 20th.
*Admission free, subject to availability.

Personal information

What happens to my personal information ?

Your personal information will be protected and securely stored. They won’t be communicated to anyone.

I don’t have all the required information to finish my registration today. Can I complete it later?

Once you’ve registered and entered your initial information, you can log in with your access code as often as necessary to complete your registration up until March 10th, 2016. Filling in all the information is required in order to validate your registration.


What should appear in your CV ?

A CV booklet will be handed out to each participant with synthetic biographies (10 lines) of all participants in order to promote exchange and communication between the 300 to 400 participants coming from 30 different countries.

Do I have to write a CV ?

Writing a CV isn’t mandatory for participants, although it contributes to informal exchanges.

How can I insert a photo ?

Downloading a photo isn’t mandatory – excepting for speakers-, but it makes communication between participants easier.
In order to avoid overloads due to oversized pictures, required photos must be either pdf. doc. or odt. Maximum weight : 900 ko.
If you can’t download your picture, please email:



You can book a one-way ticket. Please indicate your preference when registering online.


You must bring the voucher / document you will receive in the days preceding the event.


You can get entire refund up to 6 weeks before the event, or get a 50% refund up to 3 weeks before the event. In order to do so, please email us at You can also reach us at +33 (0)7 63 16 82 54.
Please note that in case of cancellation, a 30€ processing fee will be held.


Thanks to "Global Meetings" of Air France, you can benefit from discounts. We advise you to book as soon as possible to get the best rates.

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Valid for travel between 03/31/2016 and 04/01/2016
Event location: BORDEAUX

Discounts on a wide range of public fares on all Air France and KLM flights worldwide, up to 47% on the lines of metropolitan France (including Corsica) **

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• access the preferential fares granted
• make a reservation
• issue your electronic ticket *
• select your seat **

If you book via the AIR FRANCE & KLM Global Meetings website, a receipt will be attached to your e-ticket.
If you prefer to process your reservations and ticket-purchase through an AIR FRANCE KLM store, or an authorized travel agent, you must keep this document to justify the application of preferential rates.

Be sure to be in possession of one or the other to justify the special fares with you as you may be asked at any time of your trip.

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* Not available in some countries
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When is my booking confirmed?

Your booking is confirmed as soon as the payment is confirmed. For the speakers, your booking is confirmed once you receive a confirmation email from the organization.

How can I cancel or change my booking?

Once the payment has been done, the participant can’t change his/her booking online.
You can get a full refund up to 6 weeks before the event, or get a 50% refund up to 3 weeks before the event. In order to do so, please email us at You can also reach us at +33 (0)7 63 16 82 54.
Please note that in case of cancellation, a 30€ processing fee will be held.


What are the available payment methods?

Credit card payment
The Forum d’Avignon offers a secured online payment system. Credit card payment (CB, Visa, MasterCard, etc.) is assured by the CyberPlus Paiement NET system.

By bank transfer
We also accept bank transfers. Please select this payment method when finalizing your registration (“payment” step). You will automatically receive an email indicating our bank information in order to make the payment. Our bank details will be provided automatically at the end of your registration in order to make the payment. If the transfer is not made within 15 days of the validation of registration, reservations will be canceled.

By check
You can also pay with a French check to the account of “Côte Ouest”. Please select this payment method when finalizing your registration (“payment” step). You will automatically receive an email giving the address where to send the check. Please join a copy of this email when sending the check. Please attach a copy of this email when sending the check. The documents should be sent to the following address: 110 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux, France. If the shipment is not made within 15 days of the validation of registration (date of postmark), reservations will be canceled.

How can I get an invoice?

You will receive your invoice by email once your registration is completed. 

Is it possible to pay with another currency other than euros?

Payment is exclusively processed in euros.