3rd Nostre Mar festival in the Pyrénées-Orientales: “There are connections that we do not sufficiently make between climate change and the extreme right-wing of societies”

3rd Nostre Mar festival in the Pyrénées-Orientales: “There are connections that we do not sufficiently make between climate change and the extreme right-wing of societies”
3rd Nostre Mar festival in the Pyrénées-Orientales: “There are connections that we do not sufficiently make between climate change and the extreme right-wing of societies”

The fight against anti-Semitism and the societal impacts of climate change will be the heartbeat of the new edition of the Nostre Mar festival hosted by SOS Racisme from June 10 to 27, 2024. The fraternity will host multiple conferences, debates, exhibitions, visits , film screenings among others throughout the Pyrénées-Orientales territory.

From an organizational point of view, “we did not want the Nostre Mar festival to take place during the European elections so that there would be no confusion and something would happen that would not lift us upargues Nicolas Lebourg, historian specializing in the extreme right, and co-organizer. It is also done on purpose to start the day after the election with questions of fascism and anti-Semitism. The situation in Europe is delicate. Not only will there be few surprises in the results of the far-right parties, but also because there is a complicated dialectical relationship with Russia which poses a problem for the European Parliament.” The third edition of Nostre Mar, “cultural and political festival of the Mediterranean worlds”, takes place from June 10 to 27 in 8 municipalities in the Pyrénées-Orientales over 35 events. Echoing again this date of June 10, “let us remember that in 1944 the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre occurred.”

In thirty years in France, anti-Semitic violence has increased by 835%.

After Algeria and Italy, on the occasion of this new edition of Nostre Mar, attention will be focused on the Middle East and the question of anti-Semitism in France. There where “in thirty years, anti-Semitic violence has increased by 835% and all racist acts by 576%”, specifies Nicolas Lebourg. Not to mention, a few hours before the presentation of the event, this man who tried to set fire to a synagogue in Rouen. “To normalize anti-racism, throughout our territory and in different ways, in a global context where the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been raging since the Hamas attack on October 7, it was important to give voice not only to the Jewish author and director Jonathan Hayoun but also to the Palestinian director Karim Kattan”he still defends.

In “the programming which is 90% finalized”, admits Philippe Kerauffret, local manager of the SOS Racisme association, the climate will be the other strong theme. There “tropicalization of the Mediterranean basin causes social, economic and political problems”, develops Eric Rémy, teacher-researcher at the University of Perpignan. “There are connections that we do not sufficiently make between climate change and the extreme right-wing of societies,” camp Dominique Sopo, president of SOS Racisme. He explains: “There is an observation that things are changing. People are afraid of the future and have the impression of not having any options. This can lead to the fact that we finally say that there are sectors on which we can act and that immigration makes the world change We then see that young people during European elections are seduced by figures like Jordan Bardella (president of the National Rally and candidate in the European elections of June 9). “ This is why he calls for solidarity from an early age: “Let us make sure to tell young people that they do not take the wrong paths, that they do not allow themselves to be paralyzed by the virulence of racist terms. Ultimately, each generation has something to contribute to the construction based on equality and fraternity. And that perhaps this issue of climate change is a spectacular demonstration that we will be obliged to be united. It is not for nothing that the far right is climate skeptic. And asks the following question: “If there really is climate change, and if we really need to be united between different peoples, what is the value of the speech of the extreme right which explains that we have to retreat behind borders, on territories, because of a skin color?

Some highlights

Wednesday June 12: “Grief and pity, Vichy France dynamited”, 2023 documentary screened in the presence of director Joseph Beauregard at the Le Castillet cinema in Perpignan.

Wednesday June 19: “Under the fire of global warming” in Saint-André with the exhibition “Fires in the Pyrénées-Orientales”, the round table “Fires in the Mediterranean”, the open-air cinema “The Camargue, a raft fragile.” Monday June 17, the conference-debate “The Mediterranean is overheating.”

Monday June 10: opening of the festival with “Fascism and anti-Semitism” at the Rivesaltes camp memorial with historian Marie-Anne Matard-Bonucci. Saturday June 15: “The book of Jewish humor” at the Oxymore bookstore in Port-Vendres with the author and director Jonathan Hayoun. Monday June 24: “The kidnapping” at the Le Castillet cinema in Perpignan with the historian Grégoire Kauffmann. Wednesday June 26: meeting and signings by Karim Kattan at the Oxymore bookstore in Port-Vendres around his works “The palace of the two hills” and “Preliminaries for a future orchard”.

Friday June 14: linguistic café and musical evening at the Sango space in Perpignan. Saturday June 15: guided tour of Collioure “crossroads of the world” with the guide-lecturer François Lemartinel. Saturday June 15: feminist quiz at Lady Jaja in Perpignan. Sunday June 16: football and rugby affected at the municipal stadium of Corneilla-del-Vercol. Saturday June 22: Pride march.

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