7 juin 2023

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2022-22nd edition, the Festival of Humanity has taken up new quarters in the heart of Essonne. Present on the Aire des Vents in La Courneuve for the previous 21 years, it takes place this year on the former air base 217 in Plessis-Pâté, near Brétigny-sur-Orge,

2022-22nd edition, the Festival of Humanity has taken up new quarters in the heart of Essonne. Present on the Aire des Vents in La Courneuve for the previous 21 years, it takes place this year on the former air base 217 in Plessis-Pâté, near Brétigny-sur-Orge,

This new edition, which took place on September 9, 10 and 11, brought new things following its move related to the construction of the 2024 Olympic Games site. We discovered tracks, green spaces and even cinema studios. . It was a celebration committed to the service of all, to the service of common combats.

History of the Festival of Huma

Born in 1930 in Athis-Mons in Essonne, the Fête de l’Huma has taken place in several places since its creation. This is how it is known in Bezon, Garches, in the Bois de Vincennes, in the Parc Montreau in Montreuil, on the terraces of Meudon then in La Courneuve, since 1999 and today on the base 217 of Plessis-Pâté, again in Essonne. Political events, multicultural discoveries, gastronomic pleasures had an appointment with the public for new habits and many memories.

Organized every year by the newspaper “L’Humanité”, this event is held during the second weekend of September since its creation by Marcel Cachin, director of the newspaper, in 1930. This gathering allows discussions and exchanges around of solidarity. It was also the first popular event to organize large international outdoor concerts in 1936 with the Popular Front which brought 300,000 participants. At the end of the Second World War, in 1945, it brought together a million visitors. In the 1970s, we were able to see Pink Floyd in 1970, Joan Baez in 1971, The Who in 1972, Chuck Berry in 1973. There are countless big names who have been present at the various editions of this festival, nearly 50 concerts including those of Stevie Wonder, Cesaria Evora, Noir Désir, Jimmy Cliff, Juliette Gréco and Johnny Hallyday. Since 2012, international stars have succeeded: Pete Doherty and Shaka Ponk in 2012, M and Zebda in 2013, Massive Attack in 2014, Manu Chao in 2015, Joe Star and The Chemical Brothers in 2016.

During 3 days, we also note the presence of a village of the Book, many live arts shows, cinematographic projections, artistic exhibitions but also debates, round tables and conferences.

Programming 2022

The biggest cultural event in France, the 2019 edition attracted around 450,000 visitors over three days. In 2022, the new Fête de l’Humanité on the former air base 217 in Plessis-Pâté has been redesigned. In 2020, the event was canceled due to a pandemic, it was back in 2021 for its last edition at La Courneuve (93).

This year, big names were announced: Sexion d’Assault, Dutronc & Dutronc, Kungs or even Gauvain Sers and Camélia Jordana, Christophe Maé, Benjamin Biolay, Deluxe or even L’Impératrice.

September 9

Angela Davis Scene

  • 9:40-11:00 p.m.: Kungs
  • 8:10-9:10 p.m.: Laylow
  • 6:40-7:40 p.m.: Benjamin Biolay
  • 5:20 p.m.-6:10 p.m.: Ronisia

Josephine Baker Scene

  • 10:20 p.m.-11:30 p.m.: The Empress
  • 8:50-9:50 p.m.: Camellia Jordana
  • 7:20-8:20 p.m.: Soviet Supreme
  • 5:50-6:50 p.m.: Youv Dee

Zebrock Nina Simone Scene

  • 10:50 p.m.-12:00 a.m.: Odezenne
  • 9:20-10:20 p.m.: Cyril Mokaiesh
  • 8:10-8:50 p.m.: Lisa Ducasse
  • 6:40-7:40 p.m.: Grunt
  • 5:10-6:10 p.m.: Bops

Humacumba Scene

  • 04h00-06h00: Forgive us
  • 02h00-04h00: Kittin & The Hacker
  • 00:00-02:00: Kiddy Smile

September 10

Angela Davis Scene

  • 9:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m.: Sexion d’assault
  • 7:50-9:00 p.m.: Selah Sue
  • 4:40-5:50 p.m.: Ibeyi
  • 3:20-4:10 p.m.: Zamdan

Josephine Baker Scene

  • 10:20 p.m.-11:30 p.m.: Deluxe
  • 8:40-9:50 p.m.: Danakil
  • 7:10-8:10 p.m.: Ziak
  • 5:40-6:40 p.m.: Brawl (club)
  • 4:10-5:10 p.m.: The Wampas
  • 2:50-3:40 p.m.: Ladaniva

Zebrock Nina Simone Scene

  • 11 p.m.-12 a.m.: Kid Francescoli
  • 9:30-10:30 p.m.: Disaster
  • 8:00-9:00 p.m.: Sniper
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Crazy Horse
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m.: Gunwood
  • 3:50-4:30 p.m.: Carmen Sea
  • 2:20-3:20 p.m.: Astereotype

Humacumba Scene

  • 04h00-06h00: Manu le Malin
  • 02:00-04:00: Helena Hauff
  • 00:00-02:00: Sama’ Abdulhadi

September 11th

Angela Davis Scene

  • 6:30-7:50 p.m.: Dutronc & Dutronc
  • 4:50-6:00 p.m.: Christophe Maé
  • 3:20-4:20 p.m.: The Excitements
  • 1:30 p.m.-2:50 p.m.: The Grand Choeur du Canto General, conducted by Jean Golgevit

Josephine Baker Scene

  • 7:00-8:10 p.m.: Skip The Use
  • 5:20-6:30 p.m.: Gawain Ser
  • 3:50-4:50 p.m.: Kimberose
  • 2:30-3:20 p.m.: Terrenoire

Zebrock Nina Simone Scene

  • 6:20-7:20 p.m.: Jupiter & Okwess
  • 5:00-5:50 p.m.: Eesah Yasuke
  • 3:50-4:10 p.m.: Ghinza
  • 2:20-3:20 p.m.: Patrick Coutin

Agora of Humanity

For 3 days, creators, trade unionists, deputies, intellectuals, political leaders and activists took part in meetings in a space at the center of the Festival, on the Jean Jaurès esplanade, where they were able to discuss political life, the struggles social, science and culture. Visitors were able to meet great personalities at popular universities.

The first day of this meeting of all the left, was marked by the inauguration of the Festival with the speech of the director of Humanity, Fabien Gay. After the Secours Populaire seminar with Gustave Massiah, former president of CRID, Hélène Duclos and Ismaïl Hassouneh, the evening for peace and international solidarity began.
The following days saw the interventions of Fabien Roussel, boss of the PCF who raised a controversy, judging that “benefits feed unemployment”, unlike the representatives of the NUPES. “In my France, there is no more unemployment, there are no more unemployment benefits, there is no more RSA, there is no more replacement income which makes it possible to feed unemployment. “, did he declare. This version of the Fête de l’Huma was also the occasion for a couple to see their union sealed by Fabien Roussel, himself, in front of thousands of people. It was also the great return of the socialists and Jean-Luc Mélenchon after 6 years of absence.

The World Village

The inauguration of the Village du monde by Fabien Gay took place on Saturday morning. Numerous debates then took place over 2 days, not forgetting the action of environmental MPs who expressed their disagreement with Chinese policy in front of the country’s stand, denouncing the fate of the Uyghurs and demanding their release. The Chinese embassy, ​​however, promised “a festive experience”.

The village was established to fight against capitalism, imperialism and oppression while celebrating international solidarity by bearing witness to their respective struggles. Topics this year included “Ending the 60-year U.S. blockade of Cuba”, “The call for the release of Franco-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri and African-American journalist American Mumia Abu-Jamal”

Debates and interviews

For 3 days, the theme was Peace, whether in the Ukrainian conflict, the Israeli-Palestinian war, the clashes in the Sahel or in Yemen, without forgetting the showdown between the United States and China. Food shortages, inflation, climatic and economic upheavals have shown that political crises and reversals of power require international solidarity.

The debate “Angry not fachos? Or vote of adhesion to the ideas of the RN?”, Opposed Pierre Wadlow, doctor of political science, Bruno Nottin, leader of the PCF, François Ruffin, deputy Nupes / FI, Louise Gaxie, of the foundation Gabriel Peri, Violaine Girard, sociologist and Marine Tondelier, elected Europe Ecology Les Verts.,

Jean-Luc Mélenchon was questioned from the platform of the Agora. He talked about Covid-related inflation causing a bigger than 10% increase. He asked for super profits to be taxed, to show who the enemy is. Its proposal to freeze prices dates from last year. Jean-Luc Mélenchon defended the NUPES against the reservations of Fabien Roussel and François Ruffin

An uncompromising face-to-face pitted Philippe Martinez, general secretary of the CGT against Roland Lescure, minister responsible for industry. The CGT calls for a big day of social mobilization on September 29 to win salary increases. Faced with galloping inflation, declining purchasing power and the tense social context, the government advocates sobriety The two parties compared their visions of industrial policy after the health crisis and now the energy crisis.

Last day

Sunday, September 11, from 12:15 p.m., an extraordinary session at the National Assembly is broadcast live. The new NUPES deputies defend bills that they submit to the votes of the public of the Agora: Anna Pic (PS) defends a bill for a tax on superprofits, Soumya Bourouaha (PCF) pleads for the increase of the minimum wage and wages and the young guarantee, Jean-Victor Castor (GDR) for the restitution of land in Guyana, Marie Porchon (EELV) for compliance with a green rule on planetary limits and Rodrigo Arenas (FI) for full free and entire school.

At 1:30 p.m., a debate opposed Natacha Polony, editorial director of Marianne, to Fabien Gay, director of l’Humanité. Finally, at 5:30 p.m., the last debate: “When capitalism deforms the round ball. Can football remain popular?”, brought together Marie-Georges Buffet, former Minister of Sports (PCF) and François Da Rocha, historian.

2022 review

With nearly 400,000 entries, the new edition of the Fête de l’Huma, presented for the first time at the former aerodrome 217 in Essonne, was a success. The public was at the rendezvous despite the showers. The aficionados followed in spite of the change of place they found the debates, the concerts and novelties this year.