The National Nightlife Platform was created on the 12th of January 2017.

This platform is an area of reflections and suggestions that reunites local, state and European elected representatives and technicians concerned by nightlife, nightlife professional organizations, people from civilian life and citizens.

It offers a cross/interdisciplinary and expert approach to its partner members, in order that what is at stake at night shall be better understood. It also aims to build analisis and strategies keys so nightlife can become an asset for territories.

Culture, tourism, security, public tranquillity, transport, health, risks reduction, economy, training are among the subjects dealt with throughout the year by the Platform, a resource at the disposal of territories.

As it shares reflections and experiences, it allows experts, professionals, local councillors, citizens, local actors to meet each other. The Platform comes within an European framework and for this reason it lives on foreign experiences.

The Platform hinges on three working groups : « A responsible and citizen night », « An attractive night », « The governance ».

The National Nightlife Platform organizes every year the « National Nightlife Conference » in order to share its reflections and its work.

The members of the National Nightlife Platform :




Following the participatory diagnosis carried out since 2014 with people involved in Nantes’ nightlife, Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes, wanted to create for the first time the Nantes Nightlife Board, under the aegis of an elected representative dedicated to this issue, Benjamin Mauduit.

Structured around people originally involved in this new public policy, this board is open to everyone who wants to enhance the discussion. People like inhabitants, residents, community associations’ members or professionals take part in working groups or on-the-ground experiences. The aims and stakes consist in learning to know better each other, sharing and making progress in concrete suggestions (public tranquillity, transports, street lighting, experimentations to dream at night, like night-time weddings).

For the city of Nantes, night is an area of freedom and invention to build together !



Following the 2010 Nightlife States General, the Parisian Nightlife Board was created in December 2014 so every Parisian people involved in nightlife can discuss and organize themselves together.  

This board is chaired by Bruno Julliard, first deputy mayor of Paris, charged with culture, heritage, arts and crafts, cultural organizations, nightlife and relations with district town halls ; and by Frédéric Hocquard, Paris city councillor dedicated to nightlife.

At a local level, nightlife policy is lead by elected representatives dedicated to nightlife from district town halls.

European Forum For Urban Security and French Forum For Urban Security

Created in 1987 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, the European Forum For Urban Security (EFUS) is the only European network of local and regional authorities dedicated to urban security. It gathers more than 250 towns and regions in 16 countries. The EFUS is a place of support and inspiration for local elected representatives and their team convicted of the need to work together, beyond political divides, for a lasting security. It promotes experiences’ sharing between public communities on the basis of the « cities help cities » principle.

In the same way, the French Forum For Urban Security represents French local public communities that are members of the EFUS at a national level, and is also a member of the Platform.


The Fédération Nationale des Collectivités territoriales pour la Culture (FNCC) is a unique place of encounter for elected representatives. It allows information exchanges, confrontation of experiences, common analysis of sectoral issues and development of suggestions for every area of cultural action. Large and medium cities, suburbs, rural towns, and also departmental and regional councils, communities of municipalities, conurbation committees, metropolises are all members of the FNCC. All of these territorial communities establish the original and pluralist form of the FNCC’s action. They are represented by their elected representatives, with equal representation of women and men, within its Executive Board.

Pôle Régional de Coopération des Musiques Actuelles en Pays de la Loire

This structure is an instrument designed for cooperation between cultural actors, dialogue, resource and support for initiatives. It allows to consider sharing and co-building public policies with territorial communities and State services.

The Pôle federates the diversity of the regional music ecosystem : its purpose is public interest so the organization aims at « protecting musical diversity », « develop an economical and responsible industry » and « anticipating societal changes ».

Appointed by the State and the Pays de la Loire’s Regional Council, the Pôle supports actors and territorial communities : its staff and members have an essential resource function that allows to consider solutions facing current stakes in different areas : culture, education, society, economy and politics.


Union des Métiers et des industries de l’hôtellerie


The UMIH is the leader trade union in the CHRD industry (coffes, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs). It gathers among its members every people concerned by conviviality and party, from the aperitif until the end of the night : bars, BAM and RAM (bars and restaurants playing music), nightclubs, swingers club, bowlings… The UMIH considers night as an attractiveness factor for tourism. It pleads a responsible night with owners and trained staffs. In return, it claims permanent late openings and consultation before administrative closure’s procedure. It suggests to establish the Environmental and Commercial Diagnosis in order to avoid complaints of residents who recently settled in a zone where a dynamic nightlife has been previously recognized. On a European basis, the UMIH is a member of the European Nightlife Association, a forum of exchanges for a shared, creative and well-balanced night.


Guided by values of democratic solidarity and cooperation, the FEDELIMA federates on a national basis projects and places of modern music that think and act for common interest in the cultural area.

It provides collective analysis of the sector and helps to structure it in cooperation with modern music’s actors and their partners, the art world and more generally civil society. This approach takes part of a social transformation’s perspective that aims to a recognition and stronger affirmation of cultural rights, solidarity and common interest as society’s engines.

Thus, more than 140 projects or organizations are now members of the FEDELIMA. Mostly associative, they represent a large diversity of territories and it is embodied through different sizes of staffs and equipments, stories and artistic and cultural projects.


The 400 members (« cafés concert », cafés with live music and « cafés culture », cafés that accommodate cultural events) are independant structures that organize concerts and shows for the greatest delight of the audience in a convivial and accessible place. Aware of the complex responsibilities they must face every day, the « cafés culture », as a short circuit for diffusion in France, claim this right to be a fully-fledged actor. They contribute to cultural diversity because they accommodate artists and support artistic diffusion. More particularly they help to promote cultural democratisation and development of cultural emergence, economic activity, job creation, and to local, regional and national influence of territories and strengthening of the social link between inhabitants.


Emblematic association of the amplified music sector, AGI-SON defends creation and sound quality during listening and playing amplified music.

Created in 2000, the association federates more than 40 national and regional organizations : trade unions, training organizations, federations, festivals… that represent the majority of the professionals from the music live shows’ sector.

Together they work for a controlled sound management to combine pleasure of listening, maintenance of artistic, cultural and technical operating conditions of musical practice, but also respect of the environment and safeguarding public health. This general function of AGI-SON expresses itself as part of complementary missions with the support of its 22 regional units.

AGI-SON claims to be unique area of consultation but also an engine for awareness and need for promoting creation and good sound quality.

Médiation Nomade

Médiation Nomade has been devoting itself for five years now to move across sensible neighbourhoods between 8 p.m. and midnight : a campervan, some mint tea and music… a small team comes to meet inhabitants, including young people, and creates meetings between them and other contributors. It dedicates itself to listen and observe in order to submit their findings.

The association decided to initiate move and life in these areas/times of the night where nothing happens, in neighbourhoods with negative image. The purpose is that projects take shape, discussions and dynamics get started.

In five years, the association carried out 203 evenings at the bottom of buildings in 56 neighbourhoods from 34 French cities. It organizes every year the National Forum « The Night belongs to us » about subjects like times and spaces deserted at night in France.

Bistrot de Pays

A « bistrot de pays » is a café open year-round and located in a small rural village. This independant convenience store allows its clients to have a drink and grab a bite in a friendly atmosphere. Some « bistrots » provide other services like lodging or grocery. The « bistrots de pays » undertake to be information points for tourists and places of cultural and festive entertainment. Food prices stand at the average prices (less than 25 euros). The bistrots’ owners offer an authentic food often marked by family traditions. They enhance as much as possible local products and recipes.


GIP Cafés-Cultures

First artistic employment aid program for cafés, bars and restaurants, the GIP Cafés-Cultures embraces French territory since June 2015 and was initiated by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, territorial communities, trade associations of cafés, bars, hotels and restaurants and artists’ trade unions. This common interest group deals with an aid fund financed by territorial communities and private partners. This financial aid consists in taking care of a part of the wage bill for artistic jobs in financed territories.

With the participation of the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication