A new co-operative style, alternative home for artists, musicians and other creatives has opened up in Nice, and is quickly gaining popularity.

Behind a non-descript white fire escape door on rue Oscar II lies one of Nice’s newest alternative venues, La Friche, a 400 sq.m. subterranean assortment of ateliers, gallery, cinema, and bar.

Recently opened by Thierry Pallanzi, this former private jazz club had lain almost derelict for the last 10 years. Pallanzi saw the potential for this space, and last August took the plunge and signed a commercial lease. 

His objectives for the La Friche are straight forward – the development of an artisitic and creative hub where audiovisual arts, sculpture, painting, music and theatre can all work together as a cohesive unit and thrive.

Saving the World at La Friche in Nice

Cupcakes at La Friche in Nice

Thierry sees La Friche as a vehicle to create a micro economy of sorts, offering low rent space to local artists, allowing them to work in an atmosphere where they can excel in their own field, and also benefit from working alongside the other residents. To date, there are 35 such tenants.

Artwork on display in La Friche in Nice

The gallery at La Friche in Nice

Friday evenings and Saturdays are proposed as workshop days, where the whole space in La Friche will be dedicated to that particular atelier.

Thierry is also adamant that any workshops run by the tenants are free and open to all. Good news for all budding creatives out there.

Art installation at La Friche in Nice

So, for a night out with a difference, be sure to check out La Friche – we know that you’ll be impressed!

La Friche
1, rue Oscar II
06000 Nice

Tel: 06 13 61 16 60 (mobile)

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