An Alpine city on the threshold of three nature parks, a “mountain “environment and culture, a history as the ‘Doorkeeper of the Alps’ and the home town of Louis Besson (who introduced the Mountains Act), are just a few of the factors which have created the political will to position Chambéry as a city which works with and for the mountains.
A city serving the mountains
A centre for mountain-related projects and resources, the Chambéry region is home to the headquarters of organisations and unions representing the interests of mountain areas. It also hosts expert-led seminars and debates to inform both the general public and professionals about development and protection issues, and supports large-scale events involving those who live and work in mountain areas.
These tasks have been entrusted to the Pôle Montagne et Grands Evénements at EPIC Chambéry Tourisme & Congrès (Chambéry tourist office’s public industrial and commercial enterprise), which is supported by Montanea.
Its remit involves :
- organising and/or hosting mountain-themed events
- developing facilities for hosting organisations which represent mountain areas
- acting as an interface between those who work in the mountains
- providing assistance in managing projects
- developing international networks
- managing structural projects, such as the Maison des Parcs et de la Montagne (Nature Parks and Mountains Centre)
The “ Eurêka ” Science and Technology Gallery
Mountain-themed visitor attractions
La Maison des Parcs et de la Montagne
Set up in 2006, it is a centre for those whose livelihoods depend on the mountains, housing the headquarters of a large number of national and European professional organisations.
The “ Eurêka ” Science and Technology Gallery
Set up in 1992 in Chambéry’s Centre de Culture, Scientifique, Technique et Industrielle, this 500 m2 permanent mountain exhibition takes visitors on a voyage of discovery through 13 mountain-themed areas, where they can learn all the secrets, history and weaknesses of the mountains and look at them in a whole new way.
Adresse : 116, rue de la République – 73000 Chambéry
Tél: 04 79 60 04 25
Mail : galerie.eureka[@]ccsti-chambery.org
Horaires : mardi, jeudi et vendredi, de 14h à 18h, mercredi et samedi de 10h à 12h et de 14h à 18h (fermé les jours fériés)
Web : www.ccsti-chambery.org
The Montanea Association
Montanea is a non-profit organisation which was set up in July 2001 to organise the International Year of the Mountains, for which Chambéry was chosen to be the coordinating city in France. It has its headquarters in Chambéry Town Hall.
The organisation’s remit is to increase our knowledge of everything related to the mountains by hosting, organising and promoting events which enable the different stakeholders in the field, be they from France, the rest of Europe or another mountainous country elsewhere in the world, to share their knowledge, present their projects or propose solutions to the problems which affect mountain environments.
The International Mountain Trades Festival
The Festival International des Métiers de Montagne (The International Mountain Trades Festival)
The next Festival will be held in Chambéry between 17 November and 20 November 2016!
This open-access event, organised by Montanea, takes place every other year in Chambéry, with another foreign mountain city acting as host in the intervening years. It enables young people who are interested in working in the mountains to meet professionals to share ideas and information and provides a discussion forum where professionals can advance their development goals.
These discussions are backed up by round tables, debates and talks on a variety of themes, which are organised in one of 3 “ villages ” :the professionals’ village, the employment village and the training village.
The Festival organisers, and the 50 or so student volunteers who take part in this great event, will bid you welcome to the 3 villages and the mountain exhibition area, where many craftsmen and women are on hand to demonstrate their expertise. And then, there are the many young schoolchildren who come to enjoy the various activities on offer: a snowpark for downhill and cross-country skiing, climbing wall, adventure trail, children’s farm…
Since its inception in 1994, the Festival has played host to many partner countries: Algeria, Austria, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, the Russian republic of Altai, Andorra, Romania, Switzerland…
It is organised around a different theme each year.
Welcoming 30,000 visitors over its 4 days, the Festival International des Métiers de Montagne is now an unmissable event.
Renseignements : www.metiersmontagne.org