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Programs & Festivals

Designed in 2015 and first implemented in Chicago and San Francisco, City/Cité is a transatlantic cooperation and exchange program on urban issues and city making, initiated by Villa Albertine. In 2022, City/Cité comes to Atlanta for the first time with discussions and artistic programming that highlight connections in culture, urban development, and society between Atlanta and Marseille.

This first edition aims to question the role of culture in urban and social development, by creating a dialogue between cities of Atlanta and Marseille. Atlanta and Marseille are both Southeastern capitals with a cultural and social history that is as rich as it is complex. They have both seen culture contribute to their regeneration and to their affirmation on the global scene, while facing important urban and social challenges.

By inviting the Friche la Belle de Mai, a major cultural institution in Marseille, at the forefront of social, environmental and urban innovation, and a group of urban planners, architects, artists and cultural actors from this city to meet and discuss with their counterparts from Atlanta, the objective is to make a case for the role of cultural infrastructure in the making of cities.


Nicolas Douay
Attaché for Higher Education, Deputy Director of Villa Albertine in Chicago