Organised by the Royat-Chamalières Tourist Office with the participation of Il Faut Aller Voir, Rendez-Vous du Carnet de Voyage association, this third edition of the Cafés of Europe addressed the theme of Travel. The event consisted of two round tables about the various forms of travel literature and its role in transmitting creative perspectives to further European peoples each other knowledge of their differences and relations.
Artists, writers travelers, carnettistes, historians, videographers and high school students were invited to confront their views on these questions in this 3rd Café of Europe.
Founded in 1998, the association Il Faut Aller Voir (IFAV) is a group of about forty people attached to the discovery of other cultures and new horizons, a way of traveling which favors autonomy and independence, an opportunity to step away from traditional tourism in favor of a man-centered approach, discovery, and respect of differences.
IFAV organizes each year the Rendez-Vous du Carnet de Voyage, an artistic and literary event based on travel sketchbooks:
Professor at University of Bordeaux 3 and Ecole du Louvre
Media Journalist and Art Critic
Reporter and Carnettiste
Dubois is the author of the travelogue Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage, an award-winning short-film nominated at 2011 Oscar. This work inspired him for the Portraits de Voyage, a film-series that follows a different inhabitant in each country for each episode, who tells the traveller something about his or her culture, history and surroundings.Download Presentation
Herberstein is an author and designer of travelogues and reportages. South Africa, Tibetan exiles, Zanzibar, Cambodia, Algiers, Namibia, and Guatemala are all distant destinations and subjects on which she has produced books and documentaries, mixing depictions of real life with storiesDownload Presentation
Author of the documentary "Lost in Jerusalem" , a film that offers an uninhibited look without being simplistic about the thrice-holy city. This is going to touch lovers of Jerusalem, passionate people who are going there and to inspire travelers that prefer reading to escape differently
Writer. Lecturer in University of Adour
Authour of the book on Around Nicolas Bouvier (Resonances,2002), a tribute to this famous writer and photographer whotravelled around the depicting the places and people he met.Laporte follows the passion of Bouvier for travel writing, and she has also published two novels, including One Hundred Views of Shanghai (Gallimard).
In order to put this event into context within the Cafés of Europe series organised in the European project, Sources of Culture, the organisers have appealed to three tour guides.
All year round, they run guided tours of the Spa Towns Royat-Chamalières and the Sancy spa towns in Belle Époque dress, in order to create an original setting, purposefully out of step and full of humour.
Our guides in this Café were:
Carnettiste - Illustrator
Elsie Herberstein was born in 1963 and she has Austrian origins. She does many designed reports and she published several travel books about South Africa, Tibetan exiles and homeless.
She studied at the Decorative Arts School of Paris and began drawing in notebooks during a trip to New York.
For fifteen years she sketches on the spot and write.
Video & Photo Artist
Loiez Déniel lives and works in Auvergne (and sometimes Istanbul). Video maker photographer artist, independent researcher in multimedia integration solutions and operational poetry, he is also president of the International Video Art Festival VIDEOFORMES.