Two members and a staff member of Wikimédia France presented French GLAM projects during the edit-a-thon about Peace Treaties in art, organized by the Basque Wikimedians User Group in Donostia on July 9th. They also contributed to several articles about artworks describing peace treaties, contributing to make successful this international and multilingual event supported by Donostia 2016 (European culture capital), San Telmo museum and several other partners.
70th edition of Avignon festival
For the third year in a row, an edit-a-thon took place in Avignon, which welcomes every year the Avignon Festival, an arts festival held in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes, and in other locations of the city. Founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar, it is the oldest extant festival in France. This year 5 articles were created and 5 were enriched by wikimedians on site, around 3 main topics: modern creation in Middle-East, danse at Avignon Festival, places of the Festival.
The year again, wikimedians were at the maritime festival Brest 2016 taking pictures of historical ships and improving articles about these ships. More than a thousand files were uploaded on Commons:Category:Brest 2016.
France is changing its subdivisions, with several regions merging together. One of the new regions, Occitanie, will be home of two existing local groups : Toulouse, who has been active for several years, and Montpellier, who is younger. The two groups decided to meet in Mazamet, a small town with a strong industrial past in wool. The morning was a photo hunt in the city, lunch was about sharing ideas and projects, and, during the afternoon, an edit-a-thon in the library about local history.