A forum mobilizes 67 signatories, directors of venues or festivals, from Olivier Py to Macha Makeïeff, including Charles Berling and Christoph Wiesner.
Two months away from the regional meetings, 67 leaders of cultural institutions in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur signed a platform calling for the maintenance of a cultural policy “offensive»In a region where the extreme right is strong. Entitled “In the southern region, culture must remain essential», This text launched at the initiative of outgoing LR president Renaud Muselier, was signed among others by the directors of the Avignon festival, Olivier Py, the Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles, Christoph Wiesner, or the Anthéa d theater. ‘Antibes Daniel Benoin.
The budget of the Region for culture “has been increased by more than 30% in six years“, Write the signatories who also cite the rescue of the Chorégies d’Orange in 2018 threatened with bankruptcy or the maintenance of subsidies in 2020 despite the Covid-19 epidemic. “Culture is essential: let’s defend it with a region which must continue, as it has done so far, to remain attentive, constructive and offensive!», They add.
«It is the region that initiated this text. I signed it because I find it fundamental that politicians say that culture is essential“, Explained to AFP Guy Carrara, co-director of Archaos, the national circus center based in Marseille, welcoming a Region”listening during the health crisis». «It is of course a political text, we are two months away from the regional elections and we are in a region which fears a strong right-wing vote.“, What”dreadThese structures, he added.
«If the National Gathering passes, cultural policies will be severely attacked», Adds Dominique Bluzet, director of the Theaters, grouping together the Gymnasium and the Bernardines in Marseille as well as the Jeu de Paume and the Grand Théâtre in Aix-en-Provence. “You have to know how to say thank you. We hear from many people that culture has been abandoned. But France is the country in the world that has supported it the most in the pandemic“, He told AFP. Macha Makeïeff, director of the theater of La Criée in Marseille, supports “any movement that goes towards this affirmation that art and culture are a pillar, in particular to invent the world of tomorrow, beyond the political colors».
Marion Maréchal Le Pen in the lead in 2015
In 2015, frontist Marion Maréchal Le Pen won in the first round of regional elections. The right-wing union candidate, Christian Estrosi, won thanks to the withdrawal from the socialist list then led by Christophe Castaner (since then at LREM).
Renaud Muselier is not yet officially a candidate for re-election. On the RN side, MEP Thierry Mariani is expected. The Secretary of State for People with Disabilities, Sophie Cluzel, is appointed by LREM. On the left, discussions for a union candidacy are struggling to come to fruition. Two candidates, the EELV Jean-Laurent Felizia and the deputy mayor of Marseille Olivia Fortin, came forward.