Essonne: A Celebration of Humanity Lands Safely at Base 217

Posted on Sep 21, 2022 at 7:24 PMUpdated September 21, 2022 at 7:28 PM

Successful landing of Fête de l’Humanité. For the first time in its history, the event was held at former Air Force Base 217 (Essonne) from September 9-11. Over three days, 400,000 cumulative visitors vibrated to the rhythm of concerts and political debates that have characterized this festival organized by the newspaper “L’Humanité” since 1930.

After 50 years at Air de Vent in Duny (Seine-Saint-Denis), the event has been forced to move to the 2022 edition. The former location is preparing to host the Media Village for the 2024 Olympics The festival therefore had to find a new base at Base 217, located in the municipalities of Plessis-Pate and Bretigny-sur-Orge.

great economic benefits

With this change of address away from Paris, the ‘Fête de l’Huma’ has found a new audience. Residents of Essonne make up his quarter (24%) of the tickets sold. “We are very proud to have held Fete on our territory. In addition, the economic interests of the sector are significant, and traders and hoteliers have done a lot,” said Louville. · Eric Brave, mayor of Sur-Orge (various leftists) and representative of the agglomeration community Côte de Essonne, is pleased. We worked hard for this event.

The challenge was a difficult one for the organizers. Located 40 kilometers south of Paris, this new location is not easily accessible by public transport. RER lines C and D can get you there, but participants had to count a 20-minute walk and a 15-minute shuttle respectively to the base. Apart from some traffic jams, no major transportation-related problems have been recorded, according to the organization.

Enhanced hosting offer

Prior to the event, accommodation offerings had already been stepped up to compensate for this remote location. Between 300 and 400 people used the campsite prepared by the organizer. Nearby campgrounds and hotels are full. “We rented 25 out of 50 mobile homes specifically for the festival, the rest are long-term rentals. Didier Bodie, manager of the Paris Beaux Village campsite in remote Villers-sur-Orge, says. more than in previous years.

Fête de l’Huma has a national influence. Six out of ten festival-goers were not from Ile-de-France, so they had to find accommodation. “Clients have already booked for next year,” delighted Didier Baudie. However, managers relativize the economic impact from events. “It’s a good bonus, especially at the end of the season, that’s for sure, but for the whole year it’s less than 1% of his turnover of €900,000,” he explains.

cohesion support

The Coeur d’Essonne collective had a great deal to do with the success of this event. From 30 to his 40 agents were present at the site, especially for security and hygiene. The community already had its first experience with the Download Rock Festival in 2018 and 2019.

In the future, Agglomeration hopes to host more similar events. , which will have a strong impact in terms of territorial attractiveness,” expects Eric Braive. With no 2024 Olympic venue selected within the division, the stakes are certainly high.

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