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Reopening of theaters: Roselyne Bachelot announces a new envelope of 150 million in aid

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This extension is in addition to the 11 billion euros spent on culture since the start of the epidemic.

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Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot announced on Tuesday a new envelope of nearly 150 million euros to help the cinema and live performance sectors in the phase of reopening their theaters. This extension is in addition to the 11 billion euros spent on culture since the start of the epidemic. “It is a new envelope and the operators will present to us the difficulties which they encounter and the assistance which they will ask”, she declared on FTL. “All this is in addition to a whole range of aid”, she stressed, specifying that museums are not affected by this device: “museums have special aid”.

The cinema sector will benefit from 80 million euros in additional aid, including 60 million for cinema operators and 20 million for production and distribution companies, said a press release from rue de Valois.

The live musical show will benefit from an additional 38 million euros which will in particular supplement the compensation fund, a ticket office created by the National Music Center, and which aims to take into account the reduction in gauges.

The private theater will benefit from 15 million euros. As for the subsidized entertainment sector in the region, it will also receive 15 million euros to deal with the various health constraints put in place when the venues reopen.

These measures are in addition to the stimulus plan and budgetary credits mobilized in the finance law for 2021. They also complement the aid measures announced on March 11 and May 12, in favor of artistic creation and employment. and cultural, and support for intermittence in particular.

Asked about the occupations of theaters, which are continuing, Ms. Bachelot expressed her incomprehension: “one could understand the anger over the request to reopen. The reopening now is tomorrow. (…) It would be incomprehensible that ultimately this responsibility which is theirs is not implemented “. “I have the impression that there are also sometimes in these places of culture activists who are no longer part of the world of culture and who express demands that no longer have anything to do with cultural places”, she observed.



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