Lille _ Maison Folie de Wazemmes _ Lille _ Maison Folie de Wazemmes _ "Somehow I don't feel comfortable" _ œuvre de Momoyo Torimitsu © Jean-Pierre Duplan - Light Motiv
©Lille, Maison Folie de Wazemmes, "Somehow I don't feel comfortable", œuvre de Momoyo Torimitsu |Jean-Pierre Duplan - Light Motiv

Art for All

Art comes alive in unexpected places! An old fort, a farm, a former hospice or a disused factory – all these relics from our past are being repurposed to pass on their inheritance under the guise of Art, transformed into emblems of renewal and the future! Maisons Folies – which roughly translates as “mad houses” – can also be old railway stations converted into buzzing cultural hubs. This amazing region is a veteran of bouncing back and reinventing itself!

Northern France _ Lille _ Saint Sauveur Station © Lille 3000 - Jonas VerbekeNorthern France _ Lille _ Saint Sauveur Station © Lille 3000 - Jonas Verbeke
©Northern France, Lille, Saint Sauveur Station|Lille 3000 - Jonas Verbeke

Maisons Folies – Art for All

Since Lille was elected European Capital of Culture in 2004, its Maisons Folies have been a crucible of artistic culture and innovation. As you can imagine, this creative maelstrom has left a profound mark on Lille and its surrounding area!

Maisons folies popping all over Lille!

There are now seven Maison Folies dotted around greater Lille, each embedded in the life of its neighbourhood yet also latching on to international artistic trends – and each that little bit bonkers, as their name suggests! These are vibrant hubs where you can hang out, get a snack, check out an exhibition, go to a gig, or meet your friends for a drink! They’re located in Wazemmes and Moulins in Lille, at the Colysée in Lambersart, in the Hospice d’Havré in Tourcoing, at La Ferme d’En-Haut in Villeneuve d’Ascq, in Lomme, and at the Condition Publique in Roubaix. This is art for everyone, in highly original settings!

Local’s tip

Anne Tomczak At13Anne Tomczak At13
Bargain hunting in the ‘antiques village’ Saint-André-lez-Lille

If antiques, bric-a-brac and interiors are your thing, you’ll be like a kid in a sweet shop in Saint-André-lez-Lille, a district just on the outskirts of Lille fondly known as the ‘antiques village’. You’ll find all sorts, from pieces considered to be very much en vogue to really unusual items. Around 30 independent sellers share a vast 3,000 m² of space, each with its specialist era and niche finds from historic to vintage, retro and industrial. Just be sure to leave space in that boot because there’s bound to be something that catches your eye for the home or garden, whatever your style and budget.

Anne TOMCZAK, Hauts-de-France leisure and lifestyle expert
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Useful info

Address

70 rue des Sarrazins

F-59000 LILLE

Contact

Tel: +33 (0)3 20 78 20 23

 

Address

47/49 rue d’Arras

F-59000 LILLE

Contact

Tel: +33 (0)3 20 95 08 82

 

Address

Maison Folie berges de la Deûle

F-59130 LAMBERSART

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Tel: +33 (0)3 20 00 60 06

 

Address

100 rue de Tournai

F-59200 TOURCOING

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Tel: +33 (0)3 59 63 43 53

 

Address

268 rue Jules Guesde

F-59650 VILLENEUVE D’ASCQ

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Tel: +33 (0)3 20 61 01 46

 

Address

33 Place Beaulieu

F-59160 LOMME

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Tel: +33 (0)3 20 22 93 66

 

Address

14 place Faidherbe

F-59100 ROUBAIX

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Tel: +33 (0)3 28 33 48 33

 

Address

22 avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny

F-59350 SAINT-ANDRE-LEZ-LILLE

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Tel: +33 (0)6 09 61 81 55