8 november 2021
[COP 26 speech] The activities, actions and values embodied in the Centre Européen de Musique (CEM), the future eco-responsible cultural district, align with 13 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined in the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Among them, seven are directly linked to the CEM’s program. It is in this context that the intervention of Jorge Chaminé, President and Founder of the Centre Européen de Musique, at COP 26 took on a particular tone.
Jorge Chaminé spoke at #cultureatcop26 in Glasgow on 8 November 2021 for the COP 26 climate conference: "Faced with the urgency of urgencies which is climate change, in the responsible will to try to leave future generations the best of all possible worlds, it is time NOW, finally, for the economy to look at culture as an essential partner because the only one who can give each of us a sense of responsibility. Exactly because the economy has looked at culture with condescension, reducing it to mere entertainment, and because it is only interested in profit, we are in this dramatic situation today. If this hand-in-hand between culture and economy does not take place, then we will be moving for disaster and today's politicians confined to the simple here and now of the laws of the market will be mostly responsible. May culture, once again, be the fundamental link of the living together."
Architectural project of Centre Européen de Musique, proposed by Linkcity, D&A and Snøhetta.
An eco-responsible cultural district
The Centre Européen de Musique, when it will be built, will become the first eco-responsible cultural district. The CEM will be located in Bougival, a town at the heart of the Impressionists’ Hill, and set in landscaped grounds connecting the villa of Pauline Viardot, dacha of Ivan Turgenev and house of Georges Bizet.
The new buildings, built according to eco-responsible standards, will be constructed within this vast estate. They are designed as places of training, transmission and interdisciplinary exchanges around music. When it opens in 2024-2025, the CEM will offer a university training programme, the creation of a media library dedicated to the preservation of endangered musical heritage, the opening of exhibition spaces, a programme of recitals, concerts, operas, conferences, artist residencies and a series of master classes. It will also have an intergenerational residence and a scientific institute dedicated to research on the links between music and the brain. The CEM has therefore placed health and well-being through music at the heart of its objectives.
Supported by the President of the Republic, accompanied by the State, local authorities and European institutions, the CEM is a response to the challenges of the 21st century, a defender of living together and of sustainable development.