The Ministry of Culture unveils its plan for rural areas | EUROtoday

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The art library of the Lasécu art gallery in Lille, which offers works for rental, in March 2024.

“The Ministry of Culture must open up”Rachida Dati had proclaimed in January, throughout a visit to Nontron (Dordogne) within the Périgord, the place she had introduced a significant session on the cultural supply in rural areas. In the spring, some 35,000 on-line contributions from native elected officers, residents and cultural actors, enriched by interviews performed within the area, had been synthesized within the type of a four-year roadmap, validated by Bercy regardless of sure reservations. Postponed many instances earlier than being set for July 4, the announcement of this battle plan lastly fell sufferer to the shock dissolution of the National Assembly on June 9.

For Rue de Valois, nevertheless, this session mustn’t go up in smoke. Rachida Dati's entourage initially thought of setting a date between the 2 rounds of the legislative elections, however focusing the highlight on the sensation of abandonment and disengagement in rural areas risked strengthening the far proper. The Ministry of Culture lastly selected to attend till Thursday, July 11 to unveil the survey. Political trick: half of the doc is nonetheless dedicated to the actions already supported by the State in favor of those peripheral territories, from the Micro-Folies to the Fanfare plan launched in 2021.

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Even if the political string appears thick, the fact is indeniable. Quietly, cultural activists didn’t watch for Rachida Dati to cowl the territory. In the absence of labeled scenes, uncommon in rural areas, the countryside has 72% of libraries and 55% of historic monuments. More than the dearth of provide, an absence of visibility comes from the sphere. Above all, tradition is usually out of attain: 35% of respondents discover cultural venues too distant and 42% contemplate the worth of tickets too excessive. To overcome the central drawback of mobility, itinerant excursions have been arrange. But they solely profit lower than one in two residents: solely 12% have taken benefit of the bookmobiles, barely 10% of the touring cinema.

Local expectations

Another lesson from the survey: the proposals don’t at all times correspond to native expectations. Residents want to be extra concerned in cultural programming and are demanding extra festive and accessible content material. 44% need concert events, 33% need parades, festivals and carnivals and 28% need movie screenings. An indication that what constitutes tradition goes properly past the institutionalized supply. As for elected officers, typically discouraged by the impediment course of grant functions, they need help in cultural engineering, pooling and networking.

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