Lou Calen is first and foremost a human project, based on sharing and goodwill. Deeply tied to the village where it was created, the project is dedicated to revive and share the history and Provencal culture of Cotignac.
Its goal is to contribute to the economic and cultural development of the village to the benefit of the Cotignac community as a whole.
Heritage restoration, development of local cultural initiatives, global solidarity… the flame of Lou Calen has never been so strong.
In 2015, the NGO « Cotignac Côté Culture » opened the « La Falaise Art Centre » in Cotignac. Ideally situated in the heart of the village, it presents exhibitions which are open to all artistic disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography and new forms of expression. Visitors of all ages are welcome to discover the works of recognized or emerging artists often inaccessible in remote villages.
In addition to the art exhibitions, the Art Centre also hosts concerts and conferences, and supports other cultural events outside its walls.
Lou Calen supports heritage preservation projects such as the restoration of two historic monuments in Cotignac:
- Saint Martin Chapel (1174): repair of the roof and frame, restoration of the facade and removal of the floor.
- Watchtowers (12th century) located at the top of the famous limestone cliffs of the village : addition of glazing to the crests of the two medieval towers to protect the buildings from rainwater erosion.
Baraka Community Partnerships is a small, UK-based charity, founded in 2007, that currently operates in Zambia and Laos.
Baraka firmly believes that the long -term route out of poverty is through education, and approximately 80% of its funds are focused on improving educational infrastructure and resources for rural communities and children.
The charity also has healthcare, water and sanitation initiatives.