L'ARA (Autour des Rythmes Actuels) is a non-profit organization based in Roubaix, North of France. L'ARA has been working on practice and development of popular music (from hip-hop to jazz and from punk to electronic) since 1988.
L'ARA aims at:
- promoting the discovery of popular music and its environment
- giving everyone the possibility to practice music, experiment and realize musical projects
Through a non-formal training based on meeting, sharing and exchange, ARA develops its projects linked to popular music, and also through meetings, exchanges, debates and collective construction.
A jfc Medienzentrum project
with national and international partners in the framework of the international ROOTS&ROUTES network.
Funded in the framework of the programme „VIELFALT TUT GUT. Youth for Diversity, Tolerance and Democracy" of the German Federal Ministry for Familiy Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
And by the Northrhine-Westfalian youth ministry (MFKJKS NRW)
And by the City of Cologne
Until May 2008, the project was additionally funded by the EU-Programme CULTURE 2000