La Ferme d’En Haut in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, twenty years of cultivation while remaining natural

La Ferme d’En Haut in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, twenty years of cultivation while remaining natural
La Ferme d’En Haut in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, twenty years of cultivation while remaining natural

The story

Before becoming a Maison Folie in 2004, when Lille was European Capital of Culture, and being profoundly rehabilitated on this occasion, the place was… a farm, a real one. Its construction dates back to the 18th century. It owes its name in opposition to the Château de Flers, located below, also called Ferme d’En Bas. She celebrated her 20th birthday in April, notably with a colorful concert by Chasses Patates.

Typical hexagonal farm, cobblestones in the courtyard, red brick, the Ferme d’En Haut exudes beautiful heritage. It is located in the Flers-Bourg district, and is connected by bus 13, Faidherbe stop, or liane 6, Château stop, accessible to the Pont de Bois or Fort de Mons metro stations. For those who come by car, parking offers some very practical spaces.

What we find there

The offering is rather heterogeneous, with shows, exhibitions, theater, improv, concerts or film concerts, heritage, workshops for children, and even a festival, the Tour de Chauffe, created in 2006, a support for amateur musical practices. Furthermore, the place has already achieved some nice achievements, such as the visit in October 2022 of the Asian Dub Foundation group, or more recently of the Sidi Wacho collective. Next May 18 is reggae man Yaniss Odua who is expected (8:30 p.m., €15, reservation possible via the Facebook event page).

But the old farm also cultivates its green side with the presence of a grain library, and “Green Encounters” discovery days, such as the one devoted to the discovery of permaculture, last March. The AMAP (association for the maintenance of peasant agriculture) of Villeneuve-d’Ascq also offers the distribution of baskets (vegetables, but also dairy products, meat, bread, etc.).

Part of the premises (workshop, performance hall, rehearsal and pre-production studio) is available for rental.

Right now

On April 13, while Paris will soon host the Olympic Games, Ferme d’En Haut launched the exhibition “From sport to work”, visible until July 28. Several artists looked at cultural diversity, inclusion, effort, performance, the search for the beauty of gesture, “values ​​common to art and sport”. The exhibition is free, accessible on Saturday and Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Note that on this same theme, an evening of theatrical improvisation “Impro fight, special sport” will be held on July 6, at 8:30 p.m. (€5).

La Ferme d’En Haut, 268, rue Jules-Guesde, Flers-Château district, in Villeneuve-d’Ascq.

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