Arab Today, arab today strike closes opening of worlds biggest theatre festival in france
Last Updated : GMT 09:25:02
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Strike closes opening of 'world's biggest' theatre festival in France

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Strike closes opening of 'world's biggest' theatre festival in France

French artists
France - AFP

The two opening shows of France's prestigious Avignon Festival -- one of the world's biggest theatre showcases -- were cancelled hours before curtain up on Friday after strike action by actors and technicians.
The festival, which last year attracted 128,000 theatre-goers to the southern French city, has been under threat from a long-running dispute over planned government changes to the status of "intermittents" -- artists and cultural workers who benefit from a more generous unemployment system than other workers.
Festival director Olivier Py told a press conference on Friday that the premieres of "The Prince of Homburg" by Heinrich von Kleist and the ballet "Fatal Blow" would now not go ahead. He put the cost of the cancellations at 29,000 euros ($39,000) and said ticket holders will be offered their money back.
Meanwhile Friday's premiere of Rossini's "The Turk in Italy" at the Aix-en-Provence opera festival was also under threat. The festival had earlier issued an open letter warning reform of the intermittent system was putting its future in jeopardy.
Thierry Lepaon, of the CGT-Spectacle union, blamed the turmoil on the French government, claiming it had to "take the consequences of its decision" to heavily restrict who qualifies for the status, which underpins much of France's heavily-subsidised cultural sector.
He said artists, sound engineers and set designers had to take the action to save "live performing arts in France".
Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti attempted to head off further action closing more festival shows by saying that she "understood the intermittents' worries... and I respect their democratic vote to strike". However, she made no fresh concessions.
A similar dispute in 2003 forced the organisers to cancel a large swathe of the programme.
- Costs 1bn euros a year -
More than 106,000 people benefit from the generous intermittent system, set up 30 years ago by Francois Mitterrand's socialist government to counter chronic job insecurity in the arts and entertainment industries.
It allows certain performance artists, technicians and designers to claim unemployment benefit while they are "resting" as long as they have worked at least three months of the year.
But with 10 times as many people claiming the status as in 1984, and the French television industry in particular accused of exploiting the status to keep thousands of workers on low-wage, short-term contracts, many argue it is ripe for reform.
The French national audit office claims it costs taxpayers one billion euros ($1.37 billion)a year, and employers have called for the status to be scrapped altogether.
Unions, however, argue that without the security that the system affords, artists and the French culture scene would suffer. The country's summer festival circuit has become the main battleground of the dispute, with several either hit or threatened by industrial action.
The Avignon Festival is regarded as one of the biggest theatre festivals in the world, a title hotly disputed with the annual Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today strike closes opening of worlds biggest theatre festival in france Arab Today, arab today strike closes opening of worlds biggest theatre festival in france

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Nasima Gamei revives Algerian heritage in jewelries

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives Algerian heritage in jewelries
Arab Today, arab today Saudis await visitors but will they come?

GMT 11:54 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Saudis await visitors but will they come?
Arab Today, arab today Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"
Arab Today, arab today Mental conflict endures

GMT 07:36 2017 Friday ,24 February

Mental conflict endures
Arab Today, arab today Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success

GMT 15:32 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success
View News in Arabic - Business: قضايا ساخنة
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today To hold social dialogue over secondary school

GMT 07:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

To hold social dialogue over secondary school
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Wafaa Amer is happy for Sherihan’s return

GMT 07:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Wafaa Amer is happy for Sherihan’s return
Arab Today, arab today Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 05:19 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Salma Rashid happy for 'A Whisper of Love'

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 20:02 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories

GMT 15:53 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 23:29 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Home built on sand castles-style costs $8m

GMT 07:51 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Mom's immune system accepts babies

GMT 17:46 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Tourist guide reveals methods of tourist attractions

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:22 2017 Monday ,20 February

Kanye West puts hijab-wearing model
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday