Printemps de Septembre

There aren’t many exhibitions that take you through winding medieval streets, over rivers and canals, or in and out of former monasteries, power stations, water towers, and lockkeeper’s houses. Then again, the annual Printemps de Septembre (September Springtime) is conceived not as an exhibition but as an itinerary of hybrid—and admission-free—encounters with contemporary visual and performing arts in and around the historic center of Toulouse. For its first ten seasons, this one-of-a-kind event was the Printemps de Cahors and really took place in the small southwestern town in springtime. But in 2001, divergences between local officials and festival organizers provoked the move to Toulouse, France’s fourth-largest city, along with the resulting changes in scale, season, and name.

This minihistory would hardly be worth recalling had the first September Springtime not coincided with two

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