salute from the cable-stayed bridge, hovering above the water Assol and space suits

The brightest evening of the country’s graduates ended, which the guys were looking forward to this year. So, as always, the Scarlet Sails Festival 2020 became a beautiful chord of the All-Russian holiday. This year it was both traditional and completely unusual at the same time. We tell you what the Scarlet Sails 2020 surprised.

The main innovation of this year is the change of locationPhoto: Oleg GOLD

Well, firstly, the main innovation is the change of location. For several years in a row, a snow-white brig passes through the water area Not you along the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage and right under the Palace Bridge. This year, another, no less picturesque place was chosen, with very recognizable sights. Petersburg – stadium “Gazprom-Arena “, Lakhta-center and cable-stayed bridge ZSD.

Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country. Photo: Artem KILKIN

Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country.Photo: Artem KILKIN

The second innovation: live Petersburgers and visitors could not see all this beauty. And all because this year there are special requirements: because of the pandemic, access to the park is closed, it was also impossible to see from the water, since part of the Neva and the Gulf of Finland were blocked. GIMS boats and various services went around the water area and made sure that no one violated the ban. Law enforcement officers were also on duty on land: if they met people in a territory where there should not be anyone, they politely asked to leave the place and go home.

Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast Photo: Artyom KILKIN

Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast.Photo: Artem KILKIN

And at home, by the way, everyone would have considered it in the best possible way: there was a live broadcast of a concert and a pyrotechnic show on the Internet and on TV. By the way, on the screen you can see what on the shore would definitely not be accessible to the eye. And all because along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland there were several scenes at once and on each of them there was an action.

The main stage was next to the Gazprom Arena stadium, it was also very unusual – as if soaring in the air, and with it the stars acting on it. Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Александрова.

The hosts of the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Alexandrova Photo: Oleg GOLD

Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria AlexandrovaPhoto: Oleg GOLD

Timur Rodriguez, Vera performed their hits Brezhnev, RASA group, Dima Bilan and Surganova. And there were surprises in the form of a show of pirates and drummers, yes, it is worth noting separately what costumes the artists had – just space ones. Be sure to watch Bilan’s performance if you missed. And also a salute, well, the passage itself of a sailboat!

The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworks. Photo: Oleg ZOLOTO

The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworksPhoto: Oleg GOLD

By the way, the pyrotechnic show lasted almost half an hour, hundreds of volleys were launched into the sky, the first cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was used. It was both a platform for light, and for launching a salute.

But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of Finland Photo: Oleg ZOLOTO

But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of FinlandPhoto: Oleg GOLD

And at the end of the extravaganza, the romantic Assol soared above the water to meet her dream. By the way, this year the holiday was dedicated to the author of the fairy tale about Scarlet Sails Alexander Green – marks 140 years since his birthday.

If you missed the broadcast live, there is an opportunity to watch the best moments of the show.

Graduation Scarlet Sails in St. Petersburg ended with a grandiose salute.Alena CHICHIGINA


Director Alexei Uchitel – about the new nudity of Christina Asmus: “I was amazed!”

Each has its own isolation. Someone got stuck in Bali, someone climbed away into the wilderness, someone does not leave the city apartment. And here Director Alexey Uchitel (“Walk”, “Land”, “Diary of his wife”) is completing work on a new painting – “47”, dedicated to the journey of Victor’s tomb Tsoi to the northern capital after deadly Accident in 1990.

In a conversation with the writer Alexander Tsypkin, based on the works of which the series is already being shot, the director remembered how he convinced Tsoi to star in his film and why


“When we shot“ Rock ”in 1986, none of that company knew me – neither Grebenshchikov nor Garkusha. Who knows who I am? The KGB or something else. AND [чтобы наладить контакт] I chose the most silent – Tsoi. And he said: “Listen, Victor, let me come with an operator, a camera to your boiler room, and we will sit with you for a shift – and he was on duty for two days – and we’ll shoot. Not a single question, I swear, I will. As it is, it is. Then you come – take a look. If you don’t like it, we’ll disperse. ” And these were the first frames of the stoker, which now often show. I saw a lot of things: different people came and drank, but I honestly restrained myself – I didn’t move anything, I didn’t say “come here”. Perhaps that’s why it turned out to make a film. And then they came to my native Leningrad documentary studio in the director’s room with the whole Kino group – they watched in silence, went out in silence. I think: Christmas trees, sticks, what is there? I say: “Vit, tell me! Did you like it or not? ” And in response there was one word: “Normal.” This word gave me a sharp pass to life. After that, no one asked who I am and what they eat me with. ”

Frame from the movie “Rock”


“When a terrible accident occurred (Viktor Tsoi crashed on August 15, 1990 after the collision of his Moskvich in the oncoming lane with the Ikarus bus, which was driven by Janis Fibigs, on the highway SlokaTalsi – Aut.) From material that was not included in the Rock, we mounted the picture “The Last Hero”, then I met the driver of Ikarus, who was driving, and spoke with the investigator. Then it settled down with me. When you go and don’t know who Tsoi is … and then life changes abruptly (the driver was found not guilty, but nevertheless became known throughout the USSR – Aut.). The story of our picture “47” begins with an accident, and then begins the journey of the bus with Tsoi’s coffin in Petersburg. A kind of roadflies. The one who is driving does not know who all these people close to Choi are (Ricochet performed by Ilya Del, wife Natalya Reasons performed by Paulina Andreeva etc.), but they don’t know what kind of driver it is.

About 7-8 years ago, Sasha Gonorovsky (“The Land”, “From Five to Seven”) wrote the script, but we did not shoot. I thought that it was irrelevant, but interest in Tsoi is growing more and more every year. This is a mystery that no one will solve. With all due respect and Vysotskyand to Okudzhavaaccording to how often they sing, Choi overtook them. ”

In December, I starred in the full-length film Whaling. This is not horror)))), this is drama. I played the girl from the video chat Uuuf))) But I hasten to upset you, there were no naughty scenes. It’s even straight offensive. But there was my longest double in my career, which lasted 43 minutes. Studio: @ Production: Russia, Poland Gen. producer: Aleksey Uchitel Director and screenwriter: Philipp Yuryev Camera-man: Mikhail Khursevich, Yakov Mironchev Which image from the movie do you like more?


“At our Rock studio, we also shoot full-length debuts. One of my students Philip Yuriev seven years he wrote the script for the painting “Whalers”, which he then shot in Kamchatka. A stunning story will soon be shown at one of the major festivals, if it takes place. So, according to the plot, whalers are watching a computer showing a undressing girl [из секс-чата]. And this heroine was supposed to play Christina Asmus. She read the script, she liked it, agreed. Then the film “Text” comes out, this whole story takes place (after naked scenes with Ivan Yankovsky the actress’s husband, Harik Kharlamov, was sucked as a cuckold, in the end couple gets divorced and assures that the cinema has nothing to do with it – Auth.). And then an agent calls me and explains that Christina can’t act in our scene. I begged them to come to the studio, Asmus apologized for a long time that it would not work. Hoping for nothing, I turned on her 10 minutes of the film, she looked and said: “That’s it. Let’s. When to shoot? ” I asked again: “Are you not afraid that they will start rinsing again?” “This is my business,” she said firmly and starred wonderfully. I was amazed! ”


“This is not vulgarity, but real life”: Christina Asmus told how she decided on the bed scene in the new film

For the sake of the role in the 18+ tape, the actress first completely undressed on the screen and herself shot intimate shots on the phone (details)


The international animation film Festival of Annecy, a top dark and political

It is the tree that hides the forest. Calamityon the early years of Martha Jane Cannary has received Saturday, the Crystal of the film to the animation film Festival of Annecy, which takes place online until June 30.

→ TO READ. The Annecy Festival is not dead, he still drives (in-line)

This western animated French on the emancipation of the future Calamity Jane, that only the jury could see for issues of broadcasting rights on the Internet, has been directed by Rémi Chayé, who had already staged a heroine, a young girl of the Russian aristocracy, hurling themselves towards the North Pole, in his first film, the very beautiful Top of the world.

But Calamity is the tree that hides the forest. Because the rest of the list is to be pessimistic and policy. The jury Award for feature film goes to The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks (that one could translate by The nose or the conspiracy of dissidentsreferring to the Nose, new Gogol), the Russian Andrey Khrzhanovsky, experimental film about the relationship between art and power in the stalinist era.

In the category of Contrast, section competitive friendly feature films most unusual (yet), the prize has been awarded to My Favorite War, in which its director, Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen, recounts his childhood in Latvia, during the cold war, and the packaging in which the youth was a victim in this baltic country under soviet domination.

End of the world

On the side of the shorts, the top is darker still. The Crystal of the short film The physics of sorrow, Theodore Ushev, a work that is intimate virtuoso on the memory, the time and… the end of the end of the world ! The filmmaker is Bulgarian living in Montreal now appeals to the fiction to set the stage in the skin of a man uprooted browsing with melancholy through his memories of youth in Bulgaria.

→ INTERVIEW : Theodore Ushev : “We have been near the end of the world “

Memories frozen in the past and in encaustic painting, an age-old technique first used in animation. When the facilitator is to heat the wax to move the paint layers and create the illusion of movement, the memory becomes a living and fluid that you can summon at your leisure.

A film that you must see below that Arte has put online in its entirety until June 30 :

The jury prize for Homeless HomeSpanish Alberto Vaszquez, romance black a little vain among the characters of the evil of fairy tales and legends, and the Price “Jean-Luc Xiberras” first film, for The Town, of Yifan Bao, allegory heavy on the physical control of the individuals, even in their flesh, in China, complete this list is somewhat depressing…

Fortunately, the prizes awarded to audiovisual works brighten up a bit, including the Cristal for a tv production delivered to The odyssey of Choumfrom Julien Bisaro, tender animated French film featuring Choum, a baby owl fell out of the nest.


Mickaël Marin, moderator-in-chief of the Annecy festival

Seizures, Mickaël Marin has seen other. A little less than twenty years prior to that of the coronavirus which has forced the director of the international animation film Festival of Annecy to propose this year an edition purely digital, he had had to face the bursting of the Internet bubble. At the age of 26, when he finished his year of training at the film market that accompanies the event annécien, professionals ceased to go there, due to lack of buyers.

“Two years later, in 2004, the market was in a state of clinical death. At lunch with the producers and the broadcasters, the criticisms rained down, I would get a head full. Since then, I have all the days in your head the idea that everything can be shut down overnight “, tells the story of the forty-something woman, determined look and youthful features. By dint of perseverance, the team of which he was then a member is able to convince the actors of the small world of animation return to Annecy. In 2005, the attendance has picked color to begin a steady growth.

“Mickaël Marin, it is a beautiful story. From apprentice to director, he built, eating its environment, being greedy of his knowledge “, observes Patrick Eveno, his predecessor at the head of Citia (City of moving images in Annecy), a public institution responsible for the organisation of this must-attend event of the moving image.

A pure product of the meritocracy republican

Nothing seemed, however, to predestine him, Mickaël Marin to lead the largest festival of animation cinema in the world. “I’ve always loved the cinema but I had no appetite for the animation, which I do not suspect the wealth. “

Coming from a modest family – her mother is a nurse and his father a workman, Mickaël Marin is a pure product of the meritocracy republican. “My grandparents, of Spanish origin, we have always said : “You need to make more of an effort, you need to be more French than the French.” My parents, especially my mother, have pushed us to open ourselves to other horizons. I do not come from a milieu of intellectuals, but the culture has never been a dirty word at home, on the contrary. “

The young Michael, however, is a little sought. The tray in the pocket, he has moved ahead of the call to military service, not knowing what path to choose. Taking advantage of family connections in the lake city, he followed a training course of cultural marketing at the school of management at the university of Savoie. Happened a bit by chance at the festival, of which he knew only the projections in the open air at the edge of the lake he learned on the job within the team of the film market.

“He was able to correct his character, sometimes impulsive, because he is listening and knows how to adapt in order to better convince “, judge Patrick Eveno, who has seen it at work, attracting investors while reaching out to festival-goers.

“In the early 2000s, they had a tendency to consider that the market was only dedicated to the trade, and not of the art, remembers Mickaël Marin. So we created bridges editorials between the two entities : project contest, conferences, meetings between students and studios… When an idea germinates in the market and it led to a film in competition a few years later, it is the culmination of our work. The cinema of animation is a very long process, it is necessary to make it a strength. “


Colt Patrick Eveno he continues to call every week, Michael Sailor, he succeeded logically in 2018, after ten years at the head of the market, on a program of democratization. The rate of accreditation to “Annecy” online is also very reasonable, 15 €, to access to a selection of demanding and rich. Another demonstration of this commitment, the” Winter festival “, organized for the first time last December, has been a success with the public and savoyard. More ambitiously, the second edition should help to address the frustration due to the cancellation of the appointment “flesh and bones” of June.

“We settled on a territory for sixty years, so we didn’t have the same responsibilities as an entity parisian organising an event in the regions “, gliding Mickaël Marin who wishes to live to the year the animated image with a project carried out for a long time by Citia : the museum of animation cinema built in the old stud farms by 2024. The health crisis has delayed the construction, but Mickaël Marin remains true to itself : serene.


His inspiration, ” The human adventure “

“I love the story, explains Mickaël Marin. My grandfather told me often that he had lived during the Second world War. I’m currently reading a biography of De Gaulle, written by Julian Jackson, who provides a british perspective on the character. The major fates fascinate me, because they are human adventures. A movie is a also. Reason why I want to help those who make them, because they do a craft admirable and difficult. The role of the Annecy festival is not to disappoint them. “


For its centenary, the Salzburg festival will take place in a lite version

In this very special year, they didn’t want to give up, kept confidence. Their determination seems to have been the ” right choice “. The organisers of the Salzburg festival have decided to keep the edition 2020, the centennial, in spite of the crisis of the sars coronavirus. While the festivals of Easter and Pentecost had to be cancelled in the middle of the period of confinement and the impossibility for artists and spectators to travel to the heart of Austria, Helga Rabl-Stadler, president of the prestigious event, has just announced the program of the summer session.

→ IN MAY. The Salzburg festival still hopes to…

Heavily remodeled, it offers all the same 110 lifts the curtain (compared to 200), from the 1st to the 30 August, instead of July 18 to August 30, as planned. Certainly, the lyrical program has dramatically ” melted “, the terms and conditions of reps and the engagement, well before the first of very many musicians and technicians proved to be incompatible with the constraints of sanitary ware. Of ten operas, the offer to two : Elektra Richard Strauss (composer associated since the origin of the festival) and Cosi fan tutte Mozart, the child of the country we can only imagine that he is not present for the 100 years of the festival !

Torrential ” Elektra “ and irresistible ” Cosi “…

The tragic story of the daughter of Agamemnon, carried away by the music pouring from Strauss, will be served by the team initially announced : Krzysztof Warlikowski staging and Franz Welser-Möst at the musical direction. As for the marivaudage mozart, as tender, as playful, funny as melancholic, he will be entrusted to the conductor Joana Mallwitz, the first woman to hold the wand for an opera at the Salzburg festival. To note that the singers belong to the young generation a voice ; and honour to France as Elsa Dreisig, Marianne Crebassa and Lea Desandre represent the three heroines women of this Cosi that was not the initial program of the publishing 2020 !

Side theatre, Zdenek Adamac, original text of Peter Handke, will be given by creation, whilstEverywoman the Swiss Milo Rau should also attract the interest of lovers of contemporary writing. Not to mention, annual ritual unchanging registered since 1920 in the history of Salzburg, 14 representations of Jedemannthe play of Hugo von Hofmannsthal, who also was one of the fathers of the festival.

A health protocol tight

To meet the requirements of health and to reassure the public, the organisers indicate that, in addition to the measures which had now become the “classic” hygiene, flow control and distancing, all tickets will be registered. It is to be able to keep the contact details of the spectators to prevent them if a case of infection was detected after the representation to which they attended.

There are 80 000 tickets, instead of the 230 000 initially projected, which are put on sale by the festival, which takes place in a country where the impact of the sars coronavirus has been relatively low – less than 700 deaths to 16 889 cases detected in Austria. The epidemic is now seen as circumscribed but we cannot forget that Salzburg became a small summary of the world during the summer, with the festival attracting fans from all over the world and international artists. Remains to be seen now that each other, may come in peace and freedom.


The Cannes Film Festival is canceled, how to live it at home?

The Cannes Festival should have taken place from 12 to 23 May on the Croisette, but the health crisis will have been right for him. Traditionally accompanying the event with numerous programs, the television and radio channels are redoubling their efforts to satisfy the thirst of 7e art of moviegoers. The cross made his choice.

A documentary : Cannes 39: The festival will not take place

Recently broadcast on France 5, this rather well-made historical documentary looks back at the history of the very first edition of the Cannes Festival, scheduled for September 1939, and canceled due to the declaration of war. Where we learn in particular that its creation is a response to the political manipulation of the Venice Film Festival by the fascist and Nazi regimes …

►A musical stroll: Small and big stories from the Cannes Festival

On France Musique, “Ciné Tempo” offers three weekly programs concocted by Thierry Jousse from music from award-winning films (or not) in Cannes, heady tunes by Nino Rota for The good life by Fellini, to those more insidious by Jung Jae-il, composer of the soundtrack of Parasite, from Bong Joon Hoo, Palme d’Or last year. All this accompanied by tasty anecdotes linked to the history of the festival.

► Cannes short films on Short Format

The specialized site distributes two to three short films awarded or selected on the Croisette, grouping them by section in Cannes. We notably find the dizzying short film by Timothy Reckart, Head over heels, the story of an old couple who live under the same roof, but according to the laws of reverse gravity …

►Cannes American on OCS

The Orange chain offers a selection of ten films from across the Atlantic that went through the festival, starting with Once upon a time… in Hollywood, but also independent films like le solair Florida Project, by Sean Baker, or the tragicomic Thunder Road, by Jim Cummings.

►The Directors’ Fortnight in the spotlight on

From Friday 15 May and for three months, France Télévisions will put online free of charge 21 films from the last thirty directors’ fortnights, a parallel selection intended to make known little or unknown filmmakers. The most recent is none other than My zucchini life, animated feature by Claude Barras and story of friendship, touching and funny, between kids spoiled by life who invent a new family in their foster home.

►Ruben Ostlund evening on Arte

Until May 27, the Franco-German channel offers no less than thirty films selected at Cannes, and in particular, Monday, May 18, an evening devoted to Ruben Ostlund, the Swedish director of The square, followed by a documentary on this social satire that won the Palme d’or in 2017. Three other feature films, including the chilling one Snow Therapy, and two short films from Ostlund are also available online.

► Cannes 2019 on Canal +

The prize goes to Canal +, which broadcasts six films from the 2019 selection during the night of Wednesday, May 20, including five award-winning works: Pain and glory, by Pedro Almodovar, Young Ahmed, of the Dardenne brothers, Portrait of the girl on fire, by Céline Sciamma, and of course Parasite, by Bong Joon Ho. The Korean filmmaker is also the subject of a cycle on the encrypted channel during the week of May 25 to 29, with four other of his films, including Memories of Murder, and an original documentary.


Coronavirus pandemic. The most relevant on May 11 :: Society :: RBC

The number of infected in the world exceeded 4 million people, in Russia – 221 thousand. The country bypassed Italy and the UK in the number of cases of COVID-19. Top Stories in RBC Review


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Situation in Russia

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Russia on May 11 exceeded 221 thousand, per day it increased by 11 656 people. In total, 2009 people died from COVID-19 (94 – per day).

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  • Given the new data, Russia should rise to the third place in the world in the number of cases: according to Johns Hopkins University, the country surpassed Italy (219 thousand) and the UK (220 thousand) in this indicator.

  • The government has issued several directives with measures to help businesses and regional authorities in a pandemic. Firstly, the authorities allowed the regions to send funds allocated from the reserve fund of the Cabinet of Ministers to equip medical facilities with equipment for radiation diagnosis of coronavirus, as well as to conduct such diagnostics. Secondly, 81.1 billion rubles were allocated from the reserve fund. to support small and medium-sized enterprises from the sectors affected by coronavirus. Thirdly, system-forming enterprises from the list of governments that suffered from the coronavirus epidemic will be able to rely on tax deferrals, subsidies for cost recovery, soft loans and government guarantees.

  • The largest number of protocols for violation of self-isolation was issued in Krasnodar, Stavropol and Primorsky Territories, as well as in the Republic of Dagestan, the Interior Ministry said.

  • Airlines carrying out export flights for Russians who are stuck abroad because of the coronavirus pandemic will tighten the check on the addresses of their passengers. It is about checking documents when boarding.

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  • The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Russia, Melita Vujnovich, said that the rate of increase in the number of patients with the coronavirus COVID-19 in the country has moved to stabilization. She expressed the hope that, taking into account the statistics for the last few days, Russia has reached a plateau in the incidence of coronavirus.

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World situation

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 9, the number of people infected with coronavirus infection in the world exceeded 3.917 million people, 274.3 thousand died. According to current data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 4.1 million people have been infected in the world, more than 282 thousand have died.

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  • The leader in the number of confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University, remains the United States, where the number of infected cases has exceeded 1.3 million. Spain is in second place (224 thousand), Great Britain is in third (220 thousand), Italy is in fourth (219 thousand), Russia is in fifth place (209 thousand).
  • A new warning system for the dangers of coronavirus infection is being introduced in the UK, said Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He noted that during the quarantine period Great Britain was at the fourth level, while now there is a movement to the third level. Johnson explained that the first, green threat level means the absence of the virus in Britain, while the fifth level means that the national health system is not able to cope with the number of infected people.
  • The Cannes Film Festival in its traditional format in 2020, most likely, will not take place. Instead, a list of films selected for viewing at the festival, which will be called Cannes 2020, will be announced. Films from this list will be shown at fall festivals in Toronto, Deauville, Angouleme, San Sebastian, New York, Busan and Lyon. The shows will last until the spring of 2021.
  • The French parliament finally approved a bill to extend the state of emergency sanitation in the country until July 10 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Air France will allow passengers with temperatures not exceeding 38 degrees. People with a fever may be denied boarding, the departure date will be changed to a later one without additional fees.

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  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases of the United States, went to “modified quarantine” after contacting a White House employee who confirmed the coronavirus.

Learn more about the virus in the RBC review.

Julia Sapronova


The Cannes festival in 2020 was canceled due to coronavirus :: Society :: RBC

In early June, the organizers will announce a list of films that will be screened at autumn festivals in seven other cities.

The holding of the Cannes Film Festival in its traditional format in 2020 will most likely not take place, Variety reports citing the organizers of the event.

Instead, a list of films selected for viewing at the festival, which will be called Cannes 2020, will be announced. Films from this list will be shown at fall festivals in Toronto, Deauville, Angouleme, San Sebastian, New York, Busan and Lyon. The shows will last until the spring of 2021.

“Today, the organization of the physical festival seems difficult to us, so we will announce films from the (initial official) section in early June,” the representative of the festival told the publication.

Oscars from COVID-19 for the first time allowed online films to be released

Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux previously told Variety that the film industry is at risk. “We will have to restore it, and also once again confirm its importance with the help of energy, unity and solidarity,” he noted.


Park Live 2020 Music Festival Canceled

In Moscow, the Park Live music festival, which was supposed to be held from July 11 to 19, was canceled. The decision is related to the suspension of international air traffic against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

“To our great regret, everything is going to make it impossible to hold Park Live this year. International flights are suspended, visas are not issued, and, with high probability, this year’s major summer events in Russia will be banned, as is happening throughout Europe and the world, ”says the festival’s Facebook page.

At the same time, Park Live 2021 will go on for eight days: from 8 to 11 and from 15 to 18 July. This year, My Chemical Romance, Placebo, The Killers, The Offspring, Sum41 and others were supposed to perform at the festival.


the fragile economy of Festival Off

Last year, they did not participate in the Off. ” It’s a real financial and physical investment. We wanted to take a short break “Testify François and Myriam Grélard, from the company Scènes d’Argens. 2020 was the year of the return. ” We had three shows scheduled, it was exceptional!

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It all came to an abrupt end on April 16, three days after the In, when the Off announced that the health crisis was making the 2020 edition “ impossible ” If expected, the cancellation weakens Olivier Douau, actor and artistic director of the company of the Nouveau Monde: ” In 2018, I presented my piece. In 2019, I came back and it was packed every night! We had good press feedback and a programmer had spotted the show. Bad luck, we played in Paris from January to March, during the strikes and at the start of the Covid-19 epidemic. Everything was stopped. The sets are still in Paris! This Off offered the prospect of compensating for these losses and gaining visibility… ”

Emergency funds

Since the announcement of the cancellation, the situation remains unclear. ” We await the decree which will frame the legal aspect, indicated, on April 20, Pierre Beffeyte, president of the association AF & C (Association Festival & Companies) which organizes the Off. The big question is: will the epidemic be considered force majeure? If so, all contracts will be automatically canceled and the installments paid by the companies to the theaters that program them will have to be refunded. Otherwise, it will be up to the companies … Whatever the scenario, we asked the Ministry of Culture for an emergency fund to help the most vulnerable.

In the absence of a clear line, everyone gets along. ” As we have good relations with our theaters, we found an agreement, announce François and Myriam Grélard, who had already paid the equivalent of € 5,100 in installments to theaters. The manager of one of these theaters really needed this financial support to support it year-round. At the time of the cancellation, she had already spent two-thirds of it. To ask her again was to kill her. She will therefore keep the first deposit and reserve a time slot for the Off 2021. She will try to reimburse us for the second.

As for the rental of housing – a common, and often huge, expense for many companies, most of them non-Avignon – we had booked it, with another company, in December for 500 € per week, are they chasing. We will have to see if they managed to get their money back.

For Olivier Douau, the situation is more delicate. Impossible to recover its installments, paid in their entirety, because the theater which programmed it is in full expansion works: “ I had chosen it for that because it allowed me to have more spectators. To compensate, I’m reprogrammed next year. ” In the meantime, he hopes to obtain the € 1,500 in aid from the Covid 19 Solidarity Fund, which can be subscribed to very small businesses hosting the public, suffering a loss of turnover of 50% compared to last year.

The Avignon “market”

Laurent Rochut has been directing the Théâtre de La Factory since 2015. Like many programmers, he does not own the premises and therefore has to pay his rent, in addition to reimbursements for work done recently and the few installments it requires. ‘East “ engaged To donate to companies. The rest of the year, it welcomes emerging troupes free of charge in creative residencies. ” But all this is possible thanks to the “theater market” that is Avignon. Everything is based on the festival. How to finance this white year ? “Worries the man who is also on the board of directors of AF & C.

A mercantile dimension of which Paul and Monique Silve are well aware, tenants of a theater for the amount of € 42,000 during the festival. ” And that can go up to € 200,000 for the best placed rooms ” They were to live their 33rd Off this summer. ” Everything increased in a few years, do they find. In another theater, our rent was only € 4,000 a month. Overnight, the next owner spent € 18,000! It’s at the whim of owners who sometimes know nothing about the theater …

Among the owners, five are part of the “Avignon Scenes”, these permanent and partly subsidized theaters. If it does not suffer directly from the cancellation, the festival is an opportunity to run its shows explains Gérard Gelas, founder and co-director of the famous Chêne Noir: ” The real damage is there. I can try to call friends from private theaters to sell our shows but activity will be slower in the coming months anyway. “As for the Off system, it does not go by four paths:” In Avignon, 80% of theaters make money. They exploit the companies!

The flip side of a sparkling medal that still attracts so much every year. In 2019, 1,592 shows were presented in 139 locations. ” Most of the time, companies lose a lot, recognizes the actor Olivier Douau. It’s a beautiful showcase but there are too many shows, too many theaters! Will the crisis be an opportunity to put everything back on track?