June 21, a certain return to cultural life

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“In 1936, paid vacation was a social conquest; in 2020, the holidays will be a health conquest! “. Asked in the Sunday newspaper, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State responsible for Foreign Trade, Tourism and La Francophonie, dares this analogy and calls on the French to “Blue, white, red vacation” to restart the tourism economy.

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The summer season also includes natural sites, major monuments, leisure parks, places of memory or knowledge, without which holidays in France would lack flavor. Asked about the reopening of castles and other cultural sites, the Minister set a course: ” The June 21 is the start of summer. I wish that on this date, and maybe even before if the sanitary conditions allow it, a maximum number of places is accessible so that the summer season really starts “. He recalls that Matignon will give around May 25 the opening schedule for a certain number of sites.

A “Great music event”

June 21 also rhymes with Fête de la musique. Friday on RTL, his cultural counterpart Franck Riester said that there would be a “Great music event” because “It’s in the identity of our compatriots.” We are trying to offer something, including outside, which allows the French to sing, to play music, without taking risks with groupings, too large a population mix ”, he tempered, stressing that radio and television stations were also mobilizing for June 21.

If festivals welcoming more than 5,000 people cannot be organized before the end of August, he hopes that those of smaller size can “Organize cultural events taking into account constraints” from “June, July or August”. “We will have to be pragmatic by perhaps proposing different formats, by allowing artistic and cultural education to be developed, so that people do an artistic practice themselves”.

In early July for cinemas?

Regarding movie theaters, the minister said he is working on opening theaters ” beginning of July “, provided that “The sanitary standards to be respected in a cinema are finalized, and that we can open the cinemas at the same time, in the red zones and the green zones, to amortize the cost of the distribution and promotion of films “.

While bookstores, record stores, media libraries, small museums and galleries were able to reopen on May 11, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will specify the conditions for the organization of major events in late May.

The example of the Book on the square

Under what conditions can they stand? The arrangements decided to keep the Book on the square, the first national fair for the start of the literary season, gives an idea. The mayor of Nancy Laurent Hénart indicates in an interview to be published Monday in East Republican that the 42nd edition of this event will take place “In a different form” and without his usual marquee.

“The idea is to stagger the readings, meetings and signings over several weekends, with much smaller room gauges”, explains the mayor, contacted Sunday by Agence France-Presse, evoking “A seasonal form of Book on the Place” launched by the “Big weekend” September 12-13.

To avoid the confinement of a large marquee, a kind of ” town “ would be set up in the city center, with dedications, readings and meetings organized at merchants but also in schools or municipal buildings.

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