France offers another 115m Euros in curfew aid for the arts

France offers another 115m Euros in curfew aid for the arts


norman lebrecht

October 23, 2020

The French culture minister Roselyne Bachelot has thrown out a 115m Euro lifeline to venues suffering from the 9pm Covid curfew.

Of the new money, 30m will go to cinema, the rest to theatres and concert halls.



  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Meaning we’re getting ready for another lockdown. Why not, when they’ve proved so successful everywhere in the world?

    • Birchley Poundbottom says:

      Anthony Sayer is absolutely correct. Aside from the universal mask vaccine, lockdowns are the most effective way to fight this deadly virus. If only (other) people could understand this. Why is it so hard?

    • Patricia says:

      Between the virus and re-building Notre Dame, the French can look forward to another tax raise.

    • Dave says:

      Lockdowns are successful at reducing the number of infections, that’s certainly true. Most governments in the world will not rule out the possibility of using this method again at some point. However, they also have to consider economic damage; impact on education, inequality, domestic violence, and mental health, political turmoil, to name a few; and the practicality of demanding such restriction of freedom for a long period of time (vaccines will certainly not be available until next year, can people bare lockdown until then? Clearly not). All these factors lead directly to loss of human lives/poor quality of lives, and therefore must be carefully weighed when determining which option to take. It is not as clear cut as some people make it out to be

  • Papageno says:

    Meanwhile, the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts gave only $50.28 to the arts in 2020.