This year is the anniversary commemorating an exceptional discovery. A year to honour the decoder of hieroglyphs, as well as to celebrate two-hundred-year-old local history, Egypt, the written word and the scientific research into cracking ancient scripts.
Two hundred years ago, in September 1822, Jean-François Champollion (born in Figeac 32 years previously) cracked the hieroglyphic writing of ancient Egypt, enabling the scientific study of this hitherto forgotten civilisation.
To celebrate this exceptional anniversary, the communes making up Grand-Figeac, and the town of Figeac, have prepared a varied programme of events which will last from May to October 2022. The programme is inspired by the intellectual journey of this great scholar, the work and life of whom still resonates today through our own intellectual curiosity, our interest in research, our delight of discovery, and our fascination for ancient civilisations. May this be an invitation to these cultural events and artworks, which will take you on a fascinating adventure.
The programme will include a range of disciplinary fields and themes, brought to you with the help of regional partners from the cultural, touristic, economical and educational industries.
Exhibitions, conferences, talks about Egyptology, contemporary art, film projections, shows, concerts, guided tours… A multitude of initiatives, ideas and teamwork to create an anniversary which is for all.
The Eurêka ! Champollion 2022 ! programme in a few words
The European Night of Museums kicks off the Eurêka ! Anniversary. At the heart of the celebrations is the musée Champollion – les Ecritures du Monde and the place des Ecritures. The Museum will be open the evening of May 14th and you are invited to rediscover, celebrate and commemorate the famous Egyptologist in his home town.
The exhibitions and local heritage
The deciphering of hieroglyphs is first and foremost the story of a man and his era. The programme of events invites you to relive this story by following in the intellectual footsteps of the scholar and by offering a glimpse of Figeac as Champollion would have known it. You are also invited to discover the journeys of other undeciphered or partly deciphered “writings” or scripts.
The conferences and scientific talks
Scientific research is defined by questions, experiments, and trial and error. It is a fascinating and challenging process whose workings we may take joy in studying. Throughout the Eureka! programme of events, a large number of conferences and scientific talks will offer you the opportunity to brush up on contemporary research topics.
Film projections and audiovisual creations
What better than the moving image to immerse the spectator in a story, a history or an imaginary journey? The Eurêka! programme places cinema and audiovisual art at the forefront with a series of events dedicated to Egyptian cinema, as well as evening projection mapping on the buildings defined by Jean-François Champollion’s life.
Champollion, the written word and the pursuit of research are limitless reservoirs of inspiration and creation. Through music, theatre and readings, we will collectively explore and marvel at the history of the great scholar, the mystery of writing and the journey of ideas.
During this year of Eureka!, Jean-François Champollion’s heritage, the imagery of Egypt, vanished civilisations and the magic of scripts will be a source of inspiration for the creative arts. You will be invited to consider the work of contemporary artists, the material dimension of writing and its uses in our world.
The children’s programme is central to the Eureka! events. During term-time and holidays, children will be invited to explore the many mysteries of Egypt and hieroglyphs and taste the adventure of knowledge through play, games and experiments.
The Eurêka! programme aims to be a popular, open and shared initiative. Cultural, public or community actors have been invited to join in with Champollion’s sense of adventure and passion. The Eurêka! season will be filled with wonderful and surprising events throughout the Grand-Figeac.