A seaside self-built ecological and artistic campsite for the European Capital of Culture, Marseille, from April to September 2013.


The project

Welcome to YesWeCamp Marseille2013 !






"YesWeCamp about to start construction!"

You will never find a place to sleep so close to the sea.



Work in progress for designing the dormitories (BC Studies)



Be lucky to stay overnight in a "Maison-Bulle Maneval".



Enjoy your private terrace.



Espace_de_travail_collectifSpace of coworking : M-Etxea (Donostia), Straddle3 (Barcelona) and Todo por la Praxis (Madrid).



All along the project, a special progrmmation of workshops and events.



YesWeCamp Marseille2013 is boarding l’Estaque's docks from April to September 2013.


Support this project! Take part in the fundraising and get two types of reward:


“ON-SITE”: Accomodation, invitites to special events, dinners…

For you or your friends!

Advantages you get by booking your accomodation now via this fund raising:

- Cheep cost

- Free membership

- Choice of your dates

- In some cases a “Special Breakfast” offered


“OFF-SITE”: Particular objects connected to the project history

(those of you who took part in the first fundraising know we honor our promises)

- Yes We Camp functional objets: Marseille soapq, openers, T-shirts, etc.

- Collector items: original drawings and traces of early works  

- Limited editions photos, series of postcards


And in both cases, YOUR NAME WRITTEN ALL SUMMER LONG on the big board “Here are those who made this project possible”



Reminder: If this fundraising fails, your contribution will be automatically refunded.



A video presentation of the project by our friends from Toulouse during the “Prototype Festif”.



A place to live along the docks (drawing Alice Audebert)


To get a detailed presentation of the project and the team (in French), 

download the presentation file HERE


Inspiration: http://pinterest.com/yeswecamp/




YesWeCamp Marseille 2013 is at the same time:


- a URBAN CAMPSITE open to everyone all summer long with sheds, caravans, dormitory, space for tents,


- a place for DAILY ENTERTAINEMENT with family games, exhibitions, DIY workshops...


- about thirty ARTIST RESIDENCIES open to  visitors' participation,


- a COLLECTIVE WORKSPACE for meetings, conferences, flea markets, open to both organisations and companies,


- an EXPERIMENTAL AND SELF-BUILT MICRO-CITY, with ecological systems and innovative objects to re-think daily uses,


- a PARTY SPACE for big events and neighborhood entertainment,


- a WACKY WAY to discover the amazing city of Marseille, ranked #2 in the New York Times list of the best places to visit in 2013.





What does the press say?


The Insider's Guide to Marseille-Provence :


- "a pop-up campsite [...] near the centre of Marseille"


- "...a mix of accommodation including tents, caravans, modular units and cabanons (the Marseille version of "cabins") on stilts"





How to come to YesWeCamp?

How the camping will be organized?


Wow! The site is just splendid. It feels extremely good here on this industrial wasteland floating between city and nature surrounded by hills and perched above the sea.




  Come to YesWeCamp by car, train, bus, or by BOAT!




We wanted to create a strong image, using the natural strengths onsite - the amphitheater on the sea - while creating a central space. Hence why we opted for this sun shape.





Here is a more specific design that combines all functions of YesWeCamp.




On this programmatic plan, you can see the different areas and the  constructions.


On the lower part along the docks are all the activities: sheds for organisations, the playground, the multipurpose stage and the coworking space. Above, the plan is built around a central agora, from which everything radiates. On the first ring, caravans and other small artistic accomodation units. Just behind are the sheds in height. They overlook the agora and have a marvelous sea view. Then, dormitory and platforms for tents and artist residencies. Finally, the showers and restrooms.  


The northern part of the site is the storage area for various materials, the composting station and some parking space.  


Warning: this layout and the construction are being studied with a security committee, and changes might be made to fit operational constraints and safety.  



How much will it cost?    


NB: YesWeCamp is first of all an artistic and experimental project, with no commercial purpose. But the strength of the project is also in its capacity to self-finance. Thus, those who want to stay a night, have a drink or do some of the activities will first need to become members of the organization. Incomes created will enable operations onsite, its maintenance, entertainment and artistic creation.


Here are the prices proposed:


MEMBERSHIP: 3 euros per person, valid all year round. Members receive a special red silicone wristband, which gives them access to all functions onsite.


ACCOMMODATION: There will be various living units. There are five categories:

Mobile Home: you come with your own mobile home, you get a space and electricity: 40 euros for 2 persons, 10 euros for each extra person.

Tent: you come with your own tent and choose a space: 10 to 13 euros per person

Dormitory: you sleep in beds or hammocks in original collective spaces: 15 to 18 euros per person.

Small bedroom: basic furnished rooms, double or quadruple, in huts, sheds or customized caravans, linens provided: 20 to 25 euros per person.

Suite: our best accomodations, huts or caravans with special design, good comfort and/or an amazing view: 40 euros per person. With private shower: + 20 euros.


Included for everyone staying overnight: bicycle washing machines, composting toilets, ecological showers, secure lockers (20 euros deposit). A basic breakfast is offered from 7:30 to 10 am. And for those who really enjoy this moment of the day, we prepare a special breakfast for 6 euros with fresh orange juice, boiled eggs...



We will do our best to offer quality and fair prices for all drinks and food. Food will be prepared by artists and cooks invited for a limited period of time.

Current payments are made in gastons and by credit cards. “Gaston” is the currency developped by Marseille2013OFF. Available in several outlets in Marseille and at the entrance of YesWeCamp.



What is on the agenda?

daily entertainment? Big parties? 


Everything! Everything! You will get to see everything at YesWeCamp.


Why? Because the program will not only be the result of our best ideas, but also of all yours! Indeed, the program is ever-evolving with the propositions you keep sending in.


Daily: “Summertime everyday”

Visits of the site, sports, games, garden patches, exhibitions, work in progress with the artists in residence, workshops, small shows, conferences...


Once a month: Let’s celebrate!

One weekend a month, we party at YesWeCamp. On saturdays: presentation of the works of the artists in residence, great feast with all the neighbours followed by concerts. On sundays: brunch and special activities.


And for the best ones:  Special day! “Camp in Marseille” label A concert, a festival...YesWeCamp is transformed and becomes an exclusive venue for a particuliar event.



Why help us?




This project was born without institutional call and has developed only thanks to the contributors and the KissBankers of the prototype. We benefit from a subsidy from Marseille2013OFF, but this will not be enough to cover all project costs. We need your support!



How to help us?




That is the best reward we can offer: an invitation to visit and participate in the project. Official booking will open on 30th of March. In the meantime we offer, to KissBankers only, to book accomodation. Book it for you or offer it to a friend!


BY PROVIDING SUPPORT that will be rewarded with material gifts. Check the OFF-SITE rewards.



Below, some images of the the sheds we built for our “Festive prototype”.

Check out other photos of this prototype HERE.

And have a look at all our photos HERE.

Warning: the unit types we are working on are not excactly similar.





Partners :


- Marseille2013OFF

- Layher

- ArtStock

- Epluchures Marseille / GERES

- Thalassanté - Marseille-Provence 2013

- Le Grand Port Maritime de Marseille


We are still looking for sponsors and partners, financial or in kind, to gather all the necessary elements to build the site in April.


But more importantly, YOU are our main partner to date, which allowed us to develop and gave us the first financial inputs essential to build the prototype! You, close friends and others, all of you who find some interest in our project and wish to support us and help us.









Why fund it?

What will my contribution be used for?


That is simple. This fundraising will bring essential additionnal money to build all the site constructions detailed below.



Cost of the constructions:


Purshase of a small truck: 3 000 €

Fenwick rental: 3 000 €

Staff base (containers and kitchen): 1 000 €

Secured workshop container (with tools): 1 500 €

Earthwork: sand / gravier: 2 000 €

Container rental (and handling): 4 x 350 = 1 400 €

Fence: 2 000 €

Scaffolding installation: 6 000 €

Scaffolding transport: 2 000 €

Electrical installations: 5 000 €

Water supply: 2 000 €

Phyto-purification system: 8 000 €

Composting system (toilets and food): 5 000 €

Plants / Garden: 2 000 €

Great stage: 2 000 €

Bar / terasse: 4 000 €

Coworking place: 3 000 €

3 artist workshops: 3 000 €

3 shower towers: 5 400 €

6 tents areas: 2 400 €

4 dormitories: 8 000 €

5 VIP sheds: 7 500 €

Entrance / Totem: 2 000 €

Insurance / Technical control: 8 000 €


Total spending*: 89 200 €   



For now, what we have is a 45 000 € subsidy from Marseille2013OFF. We need twice as much. We are hoping to get other supports from Marseille-Provence 2013 and the Provence region.


And mostly, we rely on you!


This fundraising/presalewill finance the construction!


*NB: Not included in the costs thanks to YesWeCamp partnerships: Scafoldings:


Volunteers to assemble the scafoldings

Purification-system: Phytorem

Storage containers and kitchen: Thalasanté

Truck: Dolceretro

Second-hand furniture: Emmaüs

Composting  toilet: Toilitech

Plumbing material: Richardson


Yes We Camp

Yes We Camp est une association créée en 2012, à la veille de la capitale européenne de la Culture à Marseille, avec comme objectif de faire exister pendant l’été 2013 un lieu ouvert à tous, gratuit, accueillant et créatif. Le projet a pris la forme d’un “camping artistique, écologique et festif”, sorte de village éphémère construit en quelques mois, sur... See more

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Encore bravo pour votre projet que je suis avec beaucoup de plaisir et d'attention. Très très très envie de venir à Marseille cet été, j'espère que ce sera possible. Bon ncontinuation! Anne B.
Suite aux échanges email avec Maxime Guennoc, Contre-partie demandée : Voici le nouveau devis concernant votre demande : - 1 dortoir (12 places) / 1 nuit - 2 chambrettes (2 places chacune) / 1 nuit - 1 Salle de travail ( 60m² uniquement ) / 2 Jours - 16 dîners (les petits déjeuné sont offerts) / 1 soir option sur le 29/30 Août Bon courage dans la construction de ce lieu génial, nous serons ravis d'y séjourner !! A bientôt Equipe Qarma du LIF -CNRS - Université d'Aix-Marseille
Bravo à tous ! YES WE DID IT !