Date Interventions Speakers Summary
2013-09-14 Taste of the European towns - Pascale Lismonde Pascale Lismonde (FR)
2013-11-14 Introduction - Ourense - carnet de ville et d'eau

2013-11-14 Opening speech - Monsieur Le Maire de Royat Monsieur Le Maire de Royat (FR)
2013-11-14 Opening speech - Monsieur Le Maire de Chamalières Monsieur Le Maire de Chamalières (FR)
2013-11-14 Opening speech - Christian Corne, Président de l’Association Européenne des Villes Thermales Historiques (EHTTA) Christian Corne (FR)

First of all, Christian Corne thanks the towns of Royat and Chamalières for welcoming us, and for having, a year ago almost to the day, agreed to respond, along with the Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central and the European Network of Historic Thermal Towns, EHTTA, as well as eight other towns and cities, to the latest call for offers from the European Commission’s Culture Programme.

He mentions that the “Cafés” concept has been taken up as a consequence of the informal meetings in the 18th and 19th centuries. Christian Corne says that this story is told in chapters, from Café of Europe to Café of Europe. Everything began in Enghien with the digitalisation. Then, there was the Café of Europe in Ourense about the sacred and legendary aspects of our towns and cities. Afterwards, Christian Corne, referring to the Café in Royat-Chamalières, speaks about the importance of archives, prints, writings that help to understand present. 

He finishes his speech saying that the Cafés are also forward-looking places, from which the European Commission is awaiting suggestions for Europe 2020.

Also, he says that the Cafés are public spaces that allow us to examine how towns were able to innovate in the past.

2013-11-14 The Spa Towns, Literary show of Europe - Dominique Jarassé Dominique Jarrassé (FR)

The intervention of Dominique Jarrassé focuses on travels, the link with thermalism and the development of a specific culture of spa towns.

Historically, the thermalism is directly linked with the birth of tourism. The spa towns are places of holidays, welcoming the meeting of nations, with its political, economic and intellectual elites. These elites move throughout Europe by stopping in spa towns and meet each other in salons where ideas circulate. Spa towns become places of education, openness and knowledge of each other, sharing values. They have things in common like architecture, culture, movement of writers ... and form all together an "extraordinary big spa town".

2013-11-14 Damien Roudeau - drawer Damien Roudeau (FR)

Damien draws in groups, be it with the inhabitants of an estate in Villiers-le-Bel (, in gold mines with journalists from the Argos collective (, or in Shandong, China with the Tribulants (  He also draws sometimes cartoon strips of them too.

2013-11-14 Bastien Dubois Bastien Dubois (FR)

A native of Northern France, Bastien Dubois has experienced programming and animation since his secondary school days.  But it was during his studies at Supinfocom that he came to the idea of becoming an animated travelogue.  Thanks to 3D software, he gave his designs a 3rd dimension, allowing the viewers to immerse themselves in his world.  From there, the idea was born to produce a short-film travelogue: “Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage”.  This film has received numerous prizes and nominations from across the globe, including a nomination at the 2011 Oscars.  He has since created “Portraits de Voyage”, a series that follows a different inhabitant in each country for each episode, who tells the traveller something about his or her culture, history and surroundings.

2013-11-14 Elsie Herberstein - Author, drawer Elsie Herberstein (FR)

Elsie Herberstein is an author and designer of travelogues and reportages. South Africa, Tibetan exiles, Zanzibar, Cambodia, Algiers, Namibia, and Guatemala are all distant destinations and subjects on which she has produced books and documentaries, mixing depictions of real life with stories. But her explorations also take her to the street corner, to the Moquette, a different and innovative shelter for the homeless and other marginalised sections of society.

2013-11-14 Jerusalem - Katia Chapoutier Katia Chapoutier (FR)

2013-11-14 Nicolas Bouvier - Nadine Laporte Nadine Laporte (FR)
2013-11-14 Géoculture - La France vue par les écrivains - Françoise Dubosclard Françoise Dubosclard (FR)

La France vue par les écrivains clarify aesthetic and ethical basis that any partner or contributor of the project agrees to comply. Presentation of Geoculture sevices and partners.


2013-11-14 The interactive novel - Michel Thomas-Penette Michel Thomas-Penette (FR)

The Interactive Novel is a part of the SOURCE project. It is a way to get in touch with the public via the transmedia. In this novel, there are four characters. They will travel around Europe, following the footsteps of European historic figures that came across each other in the “Cafés of Europe”, which were the great thermal spas from the 18th Century to the early 20th Century. 

The four characters: 

-Valery: He is the narrator and also a character of the novel. He is a traveller, full of imagination, an avid reader, who speaks and writes in several languages, and corresponds with hundreds of friends. He possesses many traits of Valery Larbaud (1881-1957). 

-Clara: She is barely thirty years of age. She is an immensely gifted musician who plays the keyboard/electric organ just as well as the piano, and sings on occasion. This character is largely based on the life and journey of Clara Schumann (1819-1896). 

-Charles Joseph: Charles Joseph: Thirty has just come and gone. He is sporty, he is a dilettante, a gambler, casino visitor. He hides his erudition and profound knowledge of diplomacy and the great families beneath a natural nonchalance, and a constant strategy of seduction. He possesses strong connections with an historic figure who married into his family: Prince Charles Joseph de Ligne (1735-1814). 

-Georg: He is approaching his fifties. He set up his medical practice in the centre of Rome and practises two complementary disciplines: thermal (hydro-/balneo) therapy with a specialisation in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He is an epicurean, a calm and ordered man who practises hypnosis. He has a clear professional and typological connection with Georg Groddeck (1866-1934).  

During each Café of Europe, the characters will have the opportunity, through historic monuments and heritage that are just as much settings or “stages”, to meet the novelist, fans and followers who contribute to the novel’s writing through social media. 


2013-11-14 Conclusion