Inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO since 1982, the Saline Royale of Arc-et-Senans is the masterpiece of Claude Nicolas Ledoux, a visionary architect of the Age of Enlightenment. This former salt factory now houses all year round a museum gathering 70 models of buildings imagined and designed by the famous architect, a museum on the history of salt, a permanent exhibition on the world heritage, cultural events (exhibitions, concerts), a 3* hotel, a restaurant, a bookshop, and from June to October, a garden festival.

The Saline is a founding member of the European Network of Cultural Centres and the Association of French World Heritage Properties. It works at local level in partnership with over 200 organisations in the cultural, educational, social and economic sectors and has developed numerous international cooperation projects since 2012.

As part of the ORPHEUS XXI project, the Saline Royale will be the main gathering location for the professional musicians, young refugee instrumentalists and children. The public institution will be in charge of organising the logistics for the training sessions/Masterclasses and rehearsals, as well as the accommodation and catering for the musicians in Arc-et-Senans. It will organise concerts in the region (schools, musical locations, locations chosen by the refugees), disseminate and promote the project results (conferences, video archives, website) and will develop with the Fundacio CIMA a network of partner musical locations to host the series of concerts in Europe. The Saline Royale will also be in charge of the administrative management and will contribute to funding the project.


The Foundation Centre Internacional de MúsicaAntiga (CIMA) was borne from Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras and aims to guarantee the recovery and promote the universal musical heritage from year 900 to 1850, with exceptional works from the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods, while especially focussing on the Hispanic and Mediterranean musical heritage. Convinced that the beauty and strength of expression of this ancient music renders it extraordinarily contemporary and essential in the current “clash of civilisations” context as it belongs to and links, without making any distinctions, the cultural domains of the Mediterranean and New World, the CIMA Foundation offers a set of fundamental alternatives to recover and promote the ancient musical heritage.

The CIMA Foundation and Jordi Savall are in charge of designing the educational activities, as well as the artistic direction of the project, and will bear the remuneration and travel fees of the professional musicians. The CIMA Foundation will also be in charge of seeking concert and conference dates in Europe for the last stage of the project.


The association COOP’AGIR, based in Dole, in the Jura since 1990, is committed to welcoming, accommodating and supporting migrating people, whether they are simply transiting through France or have decided to initiate an asylum application procedure.

The support pathways offered to these populations rely on 3 principles:
– Offering safety by providing suitable accommodation,
– Mobilising access to their rights in relation with specialised partners,
– Integration for lasting autonomy.

Welcoming refugees within the association leads them to work on the issues of taking into account and sharing cultural references, artistic practices, openness, exchanges on life styles and forms of expression between the different refugee populations and European citizens.

The association Coop’Agir offered to play the role of a mediator and link up a refugee public with the musicians of the ORPHEUS XXI project from its welcoming, accommodation and support missions to migrant populations.

It will act on 3 levels for the project :

– Help assemble a group of 20 to 30 young people wanting to engage in a musical practice process through an instrument or song,
– Facilitate the organisation and access to the teachings offered (translation, help with travel),
– Support the young people and link with other phases of daily life (school, training, employment).

Finally, Coop’Agir will also mobilise its network of social and educational partners (the national federation of reception and social integration associations, the reception centre for asylum seekers, schools, the Secours Populaire charity) to the benefit of the project and will ensure the continuity of action following the project.


Working for human rights and culture, ICORN is an international organisation for cities and regions offering temporary and long-term residencies for threatened writers, journalists and artists; it also works to advance freedom of expression, defend democratic values and promote international solidarity. Since 2006, over 55 cities have joined the ICORN network and received writers and artists facing threats and persecution in their countries of origin, and enabled them to continue their work. Over 150 writers and artists have been offered a residency in an ICORN city since 2006.

ICORN’s role in the ORPHEUS XXI project will mainly be to support and facilitate the organisation of the activities. ICORN is part of the project steering committee, and thus will take part in the decisions linked to the organisation of the activities, the project management and financial management. In this context, its main responsibilities within the project are the following :

– Communicate information on the project to ICORN members and partners. The network includes 55 cities, with local and international partners on the institutional and organisational levels, within the cultural, political and social sectors.
– Help disseminate the project results by facilitating contacts and communication with other European cities and organisations that will be interested in replicating the ORPHEUS XXI project.
– Facilitate the search for opportunities to communicate the results (conferences and debates)
– Help evaluate the project