Samba Résille

Created in 1992, Samba Résille is an approved cultural association for popular education and youth which is aimed at all audiences including adults, young people and people with sensory and/or mental disabilities.

It offers Brazilian music and singing workshops, concerts, exhibitions, artist residencies, training around music as a mediation tool or even training on access to European funds and leads many projects in Europe and abroad.

Since its creation, Samba Résille has been deeply attached to the values ​​enshrined in the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. They constitute the associative foundations of Samba Résille and by extension the foundations of the Center for Cultural and Citizen Initiatives opened in 2004, rue Roquelaine in Toulouse.

This space is a polymorphic place, an interactive place, a space of proximity, accessibility, energy, conviviality, humanity; a place of openness, neutral, made for encounters, a place where everyone easily finds its spot, a popular and non-institutional space, which is nourished by encounters, is constantly vitalized and revitalized, a place which shines on the territories, lively and vibrant, a place that opens up to working-class neighborhoods and allows everyone to reclaim the city center, a place with a project that works, just waiting to breathe with you, a place that gives life to a real participatory democracy, a place for citizen exercise.

Associative project – Article 2 of the statutes of Samba Résille

Because every artist is above all an amateur,
because artistic and cultural practices are for us the cement of social cohesion,
because culture interests us when it fulfills the functions of decompartmentalization, education and development,
and because the experience of collective and associative life helps to develop personal skills and to be part of a dynamic of insertion, integration and social identification, we want to broaden cultural practices from a perspective of accessibility and pluralism of content and audiences, through an artistic, festive and united practice, such as Samba music.

The Samba Résille association offers a platform that makes it possible to acquire artistic, cultural and associative experiences.

Its ambition is to be a bridge aiming as much at personal fulfillment as possible professionalization in the performing arts.
To do this, it develops tools that leave room for experimentation and autonomy, guaranteeing the integrity and sustainability of initiatives.

Its role is to intensify its partnerships, to forge new cooperation:
– by promoting the decompartmentalization of cultural, educational and popular education operators and, – by constituting real participatory, exchanges and solidarity networks.

In September 2020, the actors of Samba Résille, salaried staff and volunteers, as well as the learners, found, not without emotions, renovated premises at 38 rue Roquelaine; improved spaces to:
- initiate, welcome and support even more artistic, cultural and civic initiatives, always with the aim of contributing to the expansion of its audience;
- contribute to the structuring and professionalization of the cultural sector and continue its inclusion in a dynamic of local, European and international influence;
- play its local, regional, national, European and international role as a space for cultural and civic initiatives and a center for European and international creative resources.

... from local to international

For more than 9 years now, Samba Résille has resolutely focused on further vitalizing this space by synergizing its territory with more distant horizons, by multiplying European and international meetings and exchanges.

Based on the European Commission's Erasmus+ Program, Samba Résille is now committed to building exchange and sharing paths with European and international partners in order to develop its artistic, technical and managerial skills in the field of culture. In the form of european mobilities, volunteers, administrators and employees of the association acquire new skills that can be shared within the territory and its audiences.

The 2021/2022 season was a pivotal period for acquiring new means to make our international actions even more accessible and sustainable:  
Samba Résille now coordinates an Adult Education Consortium and participates in a European Solidarity Corps Consortium which economically and financially guarantees mobility activities for the period 2021-2027.
On the other hand, Samba Résille has structured a course facilitating individual access to mobility: My Local and European Engagement, a course to support ideas and local intercultural cooperation projects with a European dimension, including funding for European mobility. It's accessible on our international platform.