A festival of discoveries
In an increasing publishing production, the role of festivals such as Quais du Polar is vital to allow the most interesting authors to emerge and meet their readership. Many authors, now acknowledged, have made their first steps at Quais duPolar. The festival continues its scouting mission for tomorrow’s authors: many unknown authors are invited for their first novel waiting to be discovered by the public and critics.
A think tank
Even if literary topics remain at the heart of interactions, the festival is also an opportunity to discuss the state of the world. Historical, sociological, economical, social and psychological interrogations find their natural place alongside all artistic issues.
A festival open to all and for all
The Great City Investigation organised in Lyon by Quais du Polar continues to generate a strong interest from a wide audience: schools, locals, tourists, families… The cinema programme is also an opportunity to widen the scope of visitors. Thanks to its experience, Quais du Polar offers more and more activities and events while maintaining high quality meetings and panels, always free and open to all. The mediation work of Quais du Polar is a very important key to the vitality of the event. It allows all those who are distant from cultural practices to live moments rich in sharing (penitentiary centres, hospitals…). All these actions give meaning to the festival and highlight the commitment of crime fiction authors; they often request to take part in these actions and exchanges…
Quais du Polar, a warm welcome
Despite its growth, the festival manages to keep its very special atmosphere, both festive and friendly: in one word, its trademark. Every year, this atmosphere is praised by professionals (authors, publishers, booksellers, journalists) as well as by festival-goers.
Accessibility to the festival’s venues
Devoted to organising an event that can be enjoyed by everyone, Quais du Polar decided to create an accessibility division within its team in order to provide a tailor-made festival experience to people with disabilities. An “accessibility supervisor” was present throughout the festival to provide assistance to people with disabilities and help them navigate through the event. During the three days of the festival, Quais du Polar introduced various measures to make the festival accessible to all: 3 meetings were translated into French sign language, 2 cinema rooms and 2 conference rooms were equipped with loop amplifiers or Fidelio systems.
An environmentally friendly event
Quais du Polar is sensitive to the issue of environmentalism and has been working towards limiting its carbon footprint and waste production for years. We work exclusively with local contractors and suppliers, minimise paper consumption, and prioritise travelling by train for our French and European guests. This year, we decided to work on reducing our waste production by limiting the number of plastic bottles used by our staff, our public, and our guests. We are constantly looking for new, long-term solutions to reduce the festival’s environmental impact, and have been working on issues such as the provenance of our paper and our website’s carbon footprint. As part of this process, we were able to greatly reduce our paper waste for the 2022 edition by using reusable signage and working with greener materials, hand in hand with our local printers. Agreements have been in place for years with TER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Regional trains) for local festivalgoers to enjoy discounts on their local travels. A partnership is in place with TCL (Lyon public transport) to communicate with local residents on how to access the festival’s various venues using public transport, considerably reducing the number of car journeys.