Various spaces at the CENTQUATRE-PARIS are dedicated to the development of artistic and cultural practices. These spaces are made available to the public, free of charge, during the public opening hours of the venue. Dance, circus or theater, come try something new, practice your art, interact or just lounge about!
Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 7pm
weekends and public holidays from 11am to 7pm
free access, without reservation
People come to the CENTQUATRE-PARIS to practice their art freely: Krump, break, lindy hop, contemporary and classical dance, valse, juggle, acrobatics, diabolo, artistic roller skating, clown, foot freestyle, double dutch, theater – what interests you?
In these different open spaces, one can understand, practice and live the true experience of the CENTQUATRE-PARIS in an original fashion conceived by those who bring it to life. These covered, free-access open spaces become territories of shared artistic and cultural expression, transforming fluidly from makeshift town squares into dramatic scenes, all at the discretion of the varied artists and professionals utilizing the space at any given moment. Personal and professional practices blend together to create a hive-like environment: organic, creative, and with a spirit of collectivity.
How does it work?
Free-access open spaces : what are they exactly?
The free-access open spaces of the CENTQUATRE-PARIS allow their visitors to practice their art freely, autonomously and with no supervision, all the while respecting the other visitors’ peace. These spontaneous rehearsals and performances see their borders continuously redefined by the venue’s programming, and are accessible to any visitor.
Where are these free-access open spaces located?
The locations of the free-access spaces change according to the venue’s programming. Information on the availability of these spaces is always displayed on site. The Halle Aubervilliers, the Nef Curial and the Cour de l'Horloge are usually available to the public. While we always make sure to preserve some free-access spaces, the space can be limited, especially during festivals, exhibitions and other major events.
Is there a cost? When are the spaces available? Do I have to make a reservation?
The open spaces are free to the public and available during the opening hours of the CENTQUATRE-PARIS. No space can be booked ahead. Everyone is allowed to be autonomous in their set-up, provided they manage to respect the space, the programming and others.
What are the rules? Are there any artistic practices that aren’t admitted?
The artistic practices in the open spaces are to be carried out with mutual respect for and attention paid to the venue and the programming. A special attention to the volume level is required, in order to preserve a pleasurable atmosphere for all. According to the needs and requirements of the venue, the CENTQUATRE-PARIS team could intervene any time and request that you move or bring your practice to a halt.
Can I use the open spaces to give my classes?
No, you cannot teach a paying class in the open spaces of the CENTQUATRE-PARIS. Can I store my equipment anywhere? No, The CENTQUATRE-PARIS doesn’t offer any cloakroom : you are responsible for your personal effects and the equipment you bring with you.
Is there Wifi?
Yes, wifi is available for all visitors. The password is available on site, just ask our reception team.
Other artistic facilities
Le Cinq, a space primarily dedicated to local associations and individuals, welcomes and accompanies everyone’s personal artistic practices, whether they are in a group or by themselves, participating in the development of the local cultural activity.
At the CENTQUATRE-PARIS, artists are welcomed at different steps of their projects, following different rhythms and various options : experimentation residencies, urban culture laboratory, support residencies or showcase residencies.