Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, visited the castle of Villers-Cotterêts on 16 March. The occasion to celebrate the French language in the future Cité internationale de la langue française and to unveil Au rythme de nos désirs dansons sur la vague du temps by Joël Andrianomearisoa, the first work of the New Worlds programme.

The Culture de France section of the €185 million project, financed by the Ministry of Culture, is relaunching the important restoration and development work of the Château de Villers-Cotterêts are led by the CMN – National Monuments Centre. They aim to host the future Cité internationale de la langue française, which will open its doors in fall 2022. The first phase of work, including the restoration of the main façades and heritage decorations, including the architectural elements of the Renaissance and 17th and 18th centuries, has just been completed. 

Within the future Cité, a mobile language laboratory, «Ecouter-Parler», an original and playful device, is set up for the Semaine de la langue française et de la Francophonie. This truck offers various activities, including a sound game about French, samples of French languages and varieties of French, an interactive digital work, recording sessions with the public, a resource system for mastering French…

In the park of the Castle, the Minister of Culture unveiled the work of Joel Andrianomearisoa. This monumental sculpture, the first work of the New Worlds device, is a poetic injunction to action and movement. Eleven words written in metal To the rhythm of our desires, let us dance on the wave of time.

Launched in June 2021, the New Worlds program, launched in response to the health crisis as part of France’s recovery, supports 430 creators. The 264 artistic projects selected are currently being implemented. Works, workshops, performances, shows and readings will be presented to the public over the coming months, as they are produced and until January 2023.