With more than 30,000 people hosted and 180 workshops each year, “Second Square” continues to be one of the Carreau du Temple's most popular events. For its 2018 summer season, after the traditional “Makers” (in winter) and “Jonglopolis” (in spring) editions, the “Summertime” stage showcases the very best Middle-Eastern creators during the 2018 France-Israel season.
Since its creation in 2014, the Second Square has remained true to its principles: to transform the Carreau du Temple, for a few days, into an agora where the urban wanderers are invited to rediscover the site. Through workshops, artistic installations and food stands, the large glass, metal and brick hall - the last surviving piece of the covered market built in the 1860s - is transformed into a public square where people can exchange cultural practices and world-views.
Another essential ingredient of the event is its fun and welcoming atmosphere, which helps it attract all kinds of audiences to the corridors of the building, renovated in 2014. Each year, current events inform the programme, as in 2018 when "football boot” (“tatane”) workshops made reference to the football World Cup. It also offers the opportunity to showcase a country: Colombia in 2017, and then Israel in 2018, creating a blended path at the crossroads of Mediterranean and Eastern influences.
The journey began in Tel Aviv. Known for its intense cultural activity and architectural heritage, the city also embodies, in its peaceful way, the blending that characterises Israeli culture. It was thus only natural that chef Yoni Saada invited us to a "brunch in Tel Aviv", which combined the Slavic, Turkish and Mediterranean elements which give the local cuisine its distinct flavour.
A little further on, the Women’s Villageshowcased the female-led music scene in Tel Aviv. From the spoken word mystique of Victoria Hannato the cross-cultural soul of Ester Rada, by way of the Eastern-flavoured pop of Yaël Miller, these three artists share a free and socially-engaged sound which pushes genre boundaries.
Wandering between the stands, visitors finally discovered monumental installations designed in collaboration with Israeli visual artists. Dalit Allouche presented dreamlike objects, sculpted in hot glue. Sabrine Sidki, Gabrielle Laurin and Goni Shiffron delivered an imposing set around writing and language. All of this was surrounded by the smell of sea salt and relaxation thanks to the beach décor of designer Cécile Rolland, who is regularly invited to redesign the Second Square spaces. As if, within a few hours, the Marais were transformed into Tel Aviv’s Gordon Beach.
Second Square Summertime 2018 is one of the many events held in France as part of the France-Israel Season.
The France-Israel Season 2018 (June-November 2018) is organised and implemented by the Institut français, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, and the embassies of both countries.
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