Breaking: Major French festival shuts downmain
The Festival d’Ile-de-France, founded in 1976 and featuring more than 30 concerts in various locations, is no more.
The autumn festival has been facing difficulties since the local authority cut its grant last December by 68 percent.
Like many French arts events, the festival is heavily dependent on public subsidy, in this case amounting to four-fifths of its total budget.
An appeal for public donations and sponsorship failed.
The festival today posted a closure notice.