Artistic creation is constantly diversifying. Our mission is to discover and promote talents often overlooked by the general public. The BNP Paribas Foundation is one of a select few of patrons to support artists working in contemporary dance, new circus arts and jazz and classical music.
Our cultural commitment in figures
Movement: a modern balancing act
Contemporary dance: supporting new steps
Since its creation, the BNP Paribas Foundation has worked to help choreographers develop and promote their endeavors among wider audiences in France and worldwide.
Company Wang Ramirez
Yoann Bourgeois - He Who Falls © Géraldine Aresteanu
New circus arts: supporting audacity
Since 1999, the BNP
Paribas Foundation has gained a reputation as one of the few patrons of new
circus arts. It lends support to artists, helping to promote their projects in
France and worldwide.
In 2014, the Foundation decided to team up with a major
event by becoming the founding sponsor of the First International Biennale of Circus Arts (Marseille).
Music: harmonies of today
Jazz: fostering development at the right tempo
Since 1995, the BNP Paribas Foundation has accompanied jazz musicians in their careers by providing assistance for recordings, promotion and performances.
Besson ©Sylvain Gripoix
Stéphane Huchard, Tranches de tronches / Anne Paceo ©Sylvain Gripoix
Ablaye Cissoko ©Michael Slobodian
Today, the BNP Paribas Foundation supports various major music events in France and around the world: Lille Piano(s) Festival, L’Esprit du Piano, Piano aux Jacobins and the Rising Star in China, which it also cofounded.
Since 2017, it is the founding sponsor of the brand new Festival Variations in Nantes, a hybrid festival dedicated to all keyboard music.
Cloister @J.C. Meauxsoone
Lille Piano Festival ©Philippe Cibille