We took a walk around Gare du Nord last Sunday and stumbled into Grand Train, a pop-up urban renewal project between the French train operator SNCF and artists, which is breathing life into the La Chapelle district, north Paris.
Grand Train is one of 14 projects transforming unused spaces such as railways, dis-used stations, workshop, warehouses and offices. SNCF has put the call out to artists, collective groups, cultural engineering companies asking them to fire up their imagination and really think about how they can develop these urban areas.
The projects are about creating spaces where people can hang out, experience art, culture and have fun for a more enriched life in the city.
At Grand Train you can choose to chill in the gardens, listen to live music while watching the tour, look at an art installation created from lost property, book your kids into an art workshop. For geeks there are old and new trains to admire; as well as restaurants, bars, a vintage shop, gift shop, urban chicken farm and a tattoo parlour.
The Grand Train project is a brilliant space in the heart of Paris, it’s only around till October so get down there quick!
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