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Directrice déléguée de la Fondation
Jean-Luc Lagardère




Culture and young people at the heart of the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation’s commitments

During this unprecedented time, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation has maintained its high level of commitment to supporting young French-speaking creatives by awarding grants to professionals aged under 30(1) in the fields of writing, audiovisual media and music. In 2021, grants were awarded to nine bold projects spearheaded by talented young people, including a feature-length documentary in China, a musical animation series, a photographic study of the Horn of Africa, and the revival of a bookstore in the Gironde region (France). They join the numerous recipients of grants from
the Foundation since 1990. We note each year with pride and admiration how they manage to transform this initial helping hand into a resounding success.
Past recipients include Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, whose novel La plus secrète mémoire des hommes (Men’s Most Secret Memories) (Philippe Rey / Jimsaan), written thanks to the writing grant he received in 2018, won the Prix Goncourt in 2021.

The Foundation also lends its support to associations and institutions that support cultural diversity and encourage creative projects, such as the teenagers taking part in the Centre Pompidou’s Studio 13/16 programme. In 2021, Carolina Arantes, who won the Photography grant in 2015, met with 13 of them to better understand their experience during lockdown and put together a photographic portrait of young people. This provided the opportunity to put this civic-minded, creative and engaged generation in the foreground.

(1) Under 35 for some grants. 


  Culture and young people at the heart of the Jean-Luc Lagard