Dijon: Lentillères Spring Festival, Commons Week

On May 31st, June 1st and 2nd, we will celebrate the 14th anniversary of the beginning of the occupation of the Quartier Libre des Lentillères!

Since 2010, from land clearing to self-construction, 9 hectares have gradually been occupied by gardens, fields, cabins, parks, orchards and collective places open to all.

After having snatched the abandonment of phase 2 of the misnamed “eco-city of market gardeners” (éco-cité des maraîchers) project in 2019, and started a dialogue with the city council for the last 2 years, we find ourselves once again threatened by the city’s appetite for concrete. An “ultimatum”, taken out of the mayor’s pocket on a Sunday morning at dawn, forces us to question the indivisibility of the 9 hectares that make up the neighborhood, to make way for an urbanization project on a strip of 1.14 hectares. This pressure undermines the trust and exchanges that we had tried to establish in recent months.

Here, an abundant diversity of lives and activities unfold: ponds and aromatic plants find their place in the middle of a BMX court, dragonflies twirl between petanque and basketball players, a sweet smell of baked bread comes out of the bakery while, at the other end, a team is busy in the kitchen preparing one of the free-priced meals in the La Chouchou canteen! A whole life has been created there for years, and continues to be invented according to the desires of each other. Because it adjoins the neighbouring eco-district, this space is crossed and permeable, used by the gardeners of Les Lentillères as well as by the neighbourhood, whether they are thirsty for a peaceful walk, extreme sport or moments of conviviality.

We need to bring this neighborhood to life, which is a refuge and gives a little air (effective and symbolic!) to hundreds of people. More than ever, we need unifying spaces of struggle in the reactionary, puppete, fascistic political environment that surrounds us. We reaffirm that the future of this neighborhood cannot be decided without the people who bring it to life on a daily basis!

And we need to feel together, sharing joy and fighting spirit, in a welcoming and supercharged spring festival!

From Friday noon to Sunday evening, in addition to the unmissable discussions, shows and concerts, you will be welcomed for tours of the neighborhood, open-air screenings at nightfall, an epic football tournament and other vegan meals. On Saturday afternoon, we will proudly bring to life the radical, anti-prison and intersectional struggles in the city, by joining the Pride and the actions of the anti-CRA movement (fight against the project of an Administrative Detention Center in Longvic).

We can’t wait to get together to celebrate the neighborhood, the struggle, and their countless facets!

Commons Week, May 27-31 2024: https://squ.at/r/aa1a

Before the Spring Festival, and to take advantage of the beautiful collective energy gathered in the neighborhood at that time, we organize a Week of the Commons!
Every day, from Monday 27 May, we meet in the courtyard of the Grange Rose at 9:30 am and in the afternoon at 2 pm to divide up the tasks: pimping up the wasteland, putting things away, tinkering, setting up the stage, cleaning La Grange / Le Snack / the common house, clearing the campsites, putting lights everywhere, creating cozy spaces so that everyone feels good and welcomed during the weekend.
To divide up the tasks during the weekend of the festival, let’s meet for a drink on Thursday, May 30 at 5 p.m. in the courtyard of the Grange Rose! See you soon

more info: fetedequartierdeslentilleres [at] lists [dot] riseup [dot] net

Quartier Libre des Lentillères
39 au 45 rue Philippe Guignard
21000 Dijon, France
tierraylibertad [at] potager [dot] org

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