Paris is a capital known for its culture and gastronomy. It is the world’s number one tourist destination. The city offers unique diversions as well as a voyage into the past. Beyond the visits to the well known monuments, Paris is essentially a city of small neighborhoods, cobblestone streets, secret gardens, surprises and wonders.
ISIT 2019 will be held at La Maison de La Mutualité, located on the banks of the Seine in the Latin Quarter, just a 5 minutes walk from the Notre-Dame Cathedral, near the Pantheon, the Sorbonne, the Jardins des Plantes and the Luxembourg Palace.
At the end of the 19th Century, the French Law of 1 April 1898 significantly changed the world of mutual insurance in France. It replaced the system put in place by Napoleon III with a much more liberal system. It marked the start of a boom in Mutual Insurance and formed the basis for the country's mutual insurance system today. First association (Fédération Nationale de la Mutualité Française) grouping together French mutual social security companies as early as 1901.
In 1924, a piece of property, on which the Maison de la Mutualité would be built, was finally chosen. The architects Lesage and Miltgen were responsible for erecting this magnificent building by using avant'garde techniques for the period. Its facade has been listed on the inventory of Historic Monuments since 1949.
At the start of the 1930s, the Maison de la Mutualité began hosting exhibitions, shows, banquets, balls, political rallies, union and trade federation meetings, radio recordings, concerts, conferences and even sports championships; as such, it became one of the flagship venues of French cultural and social life.
Successive French Presidents gave speeches in the Theatre, which has also hosted many shows by artists such as Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Léo Ferré, and Bjork, to name just a few. It was the venue for a memorable boxing match involving the French boxer Marcel Cerdan, and, due to the Theatre's renowned acoustics, Charlie Chaplin recorded the music for some of his films here.