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Classics An uncertain summer for the Street Arts Festivals

19:13  15 february  2021
19:13  15 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Gaspar, en spectacle aux Renc’Arts de l’été 2020 à Dinan, dans la cour du collège Roger-Vercel. © Archives Ouest-France Gaspar, performing at the Renc’Arts de summer 2020 in Dinan, in the courtyard of the Roger-Vercel college.

Coming from the great West, representatives of some thirty cultural events met on Thursday February 11 in Lamballe to consider the year to come. A season that is written in dotted lines.

Summer evenings in Le Mans, the Rias festival in Quimperlé, the Estivales in Saint-Malo, Paillettes et Mimolette in Rennes, the Dell Arte festival in Moncontour, the Renc'Arts sous les Remparts de Dinan, or even the Esclaffades de Saint-Hélen…

All of these summer events have in common that they give pride of place to street performances. "A performing arts sector that holds its place, even without headliners, explains the Dinannais Pascal Perrin, at the initiative of the day when around thirty programmers met, Thursday in Lamballe, from all over the world. associative for some, municipal technicians for others. Normally, these free meetings represent 300,000 spectators. Or as much as the Vieilles Charrues festival. "

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But last year, everyone had to adapt in their own way to the health crisis. “The Rias have been canceled. The Esclaffades too. The Wednesday Renc’Arts in Dinan were organized, but in a closed place, the courtyard of a school, with a limited audience who had to respect the distance. " All these adaptations remaining dependent on prefectural authorizations, " with sometimes different interpretations of the texts, according to the departments ".

Several structures are preparing to adapt their festival over several days. "For the Esclaffades de Saint-Hélen, nothing has been decided yet. Artists used to be hosted by the townspeople. Will it be possible in four months? »

Patrons and cautious communities

Once again this year, the partner local authorities are mostly ready to renew their participation. "But how far can we prepare for these meetings without taking too many risks and not falling into a hassle in case of cancellation? " Especially since the partner companies and sponsors of certain events, sometimes in difficulty, will not be in the game this year.

So everyone is getting ready to sail by esteem again. "With the strong desire to revive our territories. A vital need to put aside the screens to find the live spectacle. Some are hoping to resume shows, postponed from last year. Others would like to program troops they had hoped for for several years. "

The only good news: some artist residencies were able to take place this winter, and new shows are ready.

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