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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.

To that end, it works alongside several major institutions, such as the Maison de la Danse (Lyon) and the Théâtre national de la Danse in Chaillot (Paris).

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Yoann Bourgeois - He Who Falls © Géraldine Aresteanu

Numé is an international online video library dedicated to dance. Discover the BNP Paribas Foundation’s channel.


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).

Chloé Moglia ©Benoit Pelletier - Credits: ©Benoit Pelletier

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.

Discover our commitment to jazz

Airelle Besson ©Sylvain Gripoix
Stéphane Huchard, Tranches de tronches / Anne Paceo ©Sylvain Gripoix
Ablaye Cissoko ©Michael Slobodian

A sponsor of a number of major awards, the Foundation also supports various festivals in France and abroad: Jazz in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Tanjazz in Morocco, North Sea Jazz in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Saint-Louis Jazz in Senegal.

Anne Paceo Quartet, Circles ©Sylvain Gripoix

Classical music

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

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