Mirabilia Festival and the IdeAgorà Association supports the protest movement against the new French law on work intermittecy and social security, which if signed, would cause massive damage to the cultural sector in France and Europe
The live show represents 3.2% of French GDP, € 104.500.000.000 in total (7 times more than the automobile industry!) and 670.000 direct jobs, culture is a strategic sector not only for the French economy but also for the cooperation and economy of Europe. French excellence in the cultural field is based on laws that are taken as a model in many EU countries, and which have proved particularly effective and functional for the development of the cultural sector.
We are therefore particularly concerned that laws about temporary employment and related systems that contain fundamental values of solidarity and social justice could be deleted at once, laws that if dropped drastically without a dialogue with the categories concerned, would undermine the bases of operation of the live show in France, condamning probably this country to a degradation and to a rapid disintegration of the cultural sector, a sector which represents nowadays an excellence globally recognized and fundamental basis of European cooperation.
As festivals and as an association, we invite the French Labour Minister Mr. François Rebsamen to evaluate carefully an agreement which undermines the values that have always distinguished France, taking in account also the importance of French Culture sector both in terms of image than in therms of economic income and international cooperation, and we reiterate our preoccupation for the events that led to the partial or total cancellation of many French festivals, with its huge economic damage and lackl of dissemination of new creations abroad.
Fabrizio Gavosto, direttore artistico del Festival Mirabilia, insieme a Joe Mackintosh direttore artistico di Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts, e a Pierre Sauvageot direttore di Lieux publics - National Creation Center in Marseille, sarà uno dei relatori di Condemned to change, un meeting di settore organizzato per il 4 luglio a CC d'Alès nell'ambito di Cratère surfaces 2014, il primo festival dedicato alle arts de la rue in Languedoc- Roussillon.