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Wauquiez criticized by these former ministers on his cultural policy in Aura (photo taken in August 2022)
POLICY – A brutal and unjustified measure” : four former Ministers of Culture and big names in the theater denounce in a forum the decision of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region to withdraw its subsidy to the New Generation Theater in Lyon and more broadly criticize the cultural policy of its president Laurent Wauquiez (LR).
Published Thursday, May 4 in the evening on the newspaper’s website The worldthis platform is signed by 200 personalities, including Roselyne Bachelot, Jean-Jacques Aillagon, Aurélie Filippetti and Philippe Douste-Blazy.
Among the other signatories are Ariane Mnouchkine, founder of the Théâtre du Soleil, Tiago Rodrigues, current director of the Avignon Festival, and Wajdi Mouawad, director of the national theater La Colline in Paris.
“We refuse this desire to intimidate”
It follows the decision of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region to withdraw its subsidy (149,000 euros) to the New Generation Theater (TNG), Lyon’s national drama center. This withdrawal came after its director, Joris Mathieu, accused Laurent Wauquiez of giving himself up “to a deliberate enterprise to destabilize the functioning of public cultural institutions” in a recent column published on the Syndeac union website.
The signatories of the text disseminated by The world see in the decision of the region “a punitive measure that attacks the freedom of expression of a union representative” And “a dangerous precedent”. “We refuse this desire to intimidate, which aims to weaken a creative house and silence one of our representatives”they continue, calling for “the mobilization of other public partners of the TNG”.
“The attack on the TNG should not be the tree that hides the forest. Many places of culture and art have been victims, in 2022, of the region’s brutal measures, through drastic and arbitrary budget cuts. Others will be hit in 2023, which will further weaken the cultural and artistic environment of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.they write.
At the end of April, the region defended its so-called cultural policy of “rebalancing” for the benefit of “territories”with a focus on festivals, with “more than 120 subsidy increases” in 2023 for a total budget of approximately 3.3 million.
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