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Luma Days #2

Hospitality, Searching for
Common Ground

Program of Luma Days #2

Luma Days #1

Scenarios for a City
in a Bioregion

22 – 27 May 2017

Program of Luma Days #1

About Luma Days

Luma Days is a yearly forum of art and ideas. It kicks off Luma’s summer program in May with a week filled with public events, conferences, professional workshops, displays and art installations.

During Luma Days, the city of Arles becomes a centre of gravity in the Mediterranean region, where local and international experts, scientists, artists, thinkers, and activists converge with the general public to share ideas and experiences around topical issues of common concern.

At the intersection of art, design, and technology, with the preservation of the environment and human rights, Luma Days acts as a mediator between the local and the global. It is fully engaged from theory to practice in its focus on the environment, public/private cooperation, sustainability, social entrepreneurship and the future of work.

This year, the central theme is Hospitality: Searching for Common Ground. While hospitality is a fundamental value of any culture, linked to the timeless and universal ideal of profound affiliation, today it seems to have lost its true meaning. Hospitality was aptly addressed by our recent exhibition Jean Prouvé: Architect for Better Days, as the perfect counterpart for this second edition of Luma Days.

Our project at the Parc des Ateliers, an interdisciplinary platform that produces and hosts artistic and cultural activities, was conceived as a site for hospitality. This theme is also inherent in the design of the site’s park and garden that will begin to take shape this autumn, and will be presented by landscape architect Bas Smets throughout the week of Luma Days.

Hospitality is an individual act and a collective action, that of course goes beyond the limits of the Parc des Ateliers and affects every citizen in Arles and the Camargue region. We would like to thank everyone who came together and contributed so greatly to the program through the week of this year’s Luma Days.

We welcome you all to join us.

Maja Hoffmann
Founder and President
Luma Foundation and Luma Arles


The International Fair for Professionals in the Heritage Field (SIPPA), organized by the Heritage cluster Pôle Culture & Patrimoines in Arles, will be hosted at the Parc des Ateliers in Arles by Luma Arles and will take place from 17 to 18 May 2018.

SIPPA joins the Luma Days to represent the preservation and heritage branches, so fundamental in the representation of the UNESCO-protected city of Arles.

The SIPPA international trade fair reaches out to professionals in all fields of heritage –buildings and furnishings, natural heritage, cultural heritage and intangible heritage. The format of the fair is designed around exhibition stands, round-table discussions and workshops, and offers the opportunity to professionals working in the realm of heritage, to present their work and know-how with a focus on innovative tools in the realm of preservation.

The 2018 Trade Show has invited as guest country of honour, Portugal, who will have an entire pavilion dedicated to it. The 2018 SIPPA will highlight interactions and initiate new discussions between leading heritage and culture professionals in both Portugal and France.

Around Luma Days

  • Grande Halle

  • Mécanique Générale

  • Les Forges