The current situation in the entertainment industry in France raises concerns about upcoming summer music events.

On March 22, the government and the employers' association MEDEF agreed on stricter rules governing the status of “intermittent du spectacle” (part-time workers in the entertainment industry), as part of a budgetary savings effort. Seen as a threat to the 250,000 artists and technicians accredited with this status in France, this decision has had a far-reaching effect: strikes and protests have been growing through the concert halls and festivals across France.

Postal strike 1909
Postal strike 1909
For several weeks, the major cities of Paris, Toulouse and Montpellier have been affected but now the situation is worsening since the major summer festivals are about to start. This echoes the summer of 2003, which was disrupted by similar actions following the announcement of more stringent conditions laid down by the government before workers could achieve the “intermittent du spectacle” status. Festivals of Avignon and Aix-en-Provence had been cancelled.

The threat of such a situation occurring again today is not negligible.

Even if it is too soon to draw conclusions, several disturbing facts can already be reported: protesters caused delays at the first performances of La Traviata at Bastille, daily-renewed strike at Le Printemps des Comédiens in Montpellier (which recently reached the Montpellier Danse festival), major threats and stormy discussions around the 68th Festival d'Avignon, as well as cancellation of the première of Daphné at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, where eight other theaters have also been on strike this week ...

There are more than thirty venues and festivals in France that have been disrupted already, while the major musical events of the summer are about to start.

This burning topic has brought over 10,000 protesters to the streets this Monday, June 16, and is about to be discussed between the government and trade unions wishing to find an agreement as quickly as possible. Once this has been achieved, the situation for the festivals of Chorégies d’Orange, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Colmar will become much clearer.