Val de la Boutonne in the Charente-Maritime (La Rochelle)
Our W.I.S.H : Wisdom through Well-being, Inspiring confidence and a creative mind set for the next generation, Shaping the future in terms of sustainable development, Helping communities to thrive!
The Enchanted Arts Festival was borne out of the desire for a festive and creative space enabling connection amongst families and friends of all ages, a passion for cultural heritage and the arts, and the need for new ways of thinking….
With this festival, we are pursuing all that is possible when people, projects and communities of interest at local and global levels link up and reach out through their own networks to like-minded artists and cultural actors. So many creative and innovative partnerships with social value are emerging as ideas cross-pollinate and different kinds of talent are released.
During the European Year for Cultural Heritage, the Enchanted Arts Festival reinforces our belief that culture and our shared histories and stories – through images, artifacts, words and sounds – create a common language that transcends differences and breaks down stereotypes, walls and barriers. As theologist Theillard de Chardin summized, we are all beautifully connected in one vast, pulsating web of life. At the Chateau de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne in July 2018 we’ll be celebrating this historically important chateau known as a Salon during the Renaissance era – with its visiting artists, writers and philosophers coming to be inspired by the mysterious alchemist’s gallery and imagining a model for a different world. Ultimately, connection, laughter, fun and celebration are really what binds us all and makes us human.
The Enchanted Arts Festival is a family friendly and beautifully curated arts and social engagement experience at this Renaissance chateau where contemporary arts, street theatre, live music sets, TED style talks, kids workshops, wellness and foodie experiences blend together in perfect alchemy...
We see the arts and culture as a powerful vector for opening hearts and minds to the necessity for social and environmental change. Our primary audience consists mainly of expat and French families with young and growing children who are not only culture lovers but inquisitive souls, interested in healthy and sustainable lifestyle solutions, already involved in their communities and care about their well-being in the broadest sense.
Carmela Salzano, Jill Van den Brule, Inka Ernst, Mary-Noelle Dana, Isabelle Bellett, Guillaume Kientz and Stéphan Bern.