Activity reports of the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs (DRAC) of the Pays de la Loire, from 2019 to 2021
The Pays de la Loire, an economically and demographically dynamic region, has 38 million inhabitants, 31% of whom are under the age of 24. This territory, which is predominantly rural, nevertheless has a balanced urban network (a metropolis, conurbations of more than 300,000 inhabitants, 4 conurbations of more than 100,000 inhabitants).
At the cultural level, this dynamic region is highly attractive and has strong assets:
A presence of many artists and actors including some of the leading ones (ensembles and companies of international renown like Non Nova, la Machine and the Arts Florissants);
An important network of labels, names and cultural places:
5 national stages, 10 creative centres (1 National Drama Centre, 2 National Choreographic Centres, 1 National Orchestra, 1 Opera, 1 Regional New Generation Contemporary Art Fund, 1 National Music Creation Centre, 2 Contemporary Art Centres of National Interest, 8 Stage Agreements, 7 scenes of current music, 29 artistic teams companies conventioned, 6 regional poles supported by various titles by the DRAC (current music, book, live show in prefiguration, visual arts, cinema), a set of intermediate places (specialized stages, artistic workshops. )
An important network of higher education institutions with in particular 3 EPCC of which 2 are interregional: École des Beaux-Arts Tours-Angers-Le Mans (TALM) and the Pont Supérieur, École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nantes Saint-Nazaire, École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Nantes, a graduate school attached to the National Centre for Contemporary Dance in Angers, and the European Technological Institute for Music Professions.
A rich heritage estate with a network of 12 territories under the “art and history” conventions; 2,149 protected monuments, 16,339 protected movable objects, 61 buildings labeled outstanding contemporary architecture, 53 museums labeled museums of France;
Intercommunalities that develop cultural policies at the scale of their territory (70 communities of communes or agglomeration out of 1272 communes in 2018) , a potential development factor for the EAC with a movement to transfer cultural equipment that is beginning (Nantes, Laval).