Given the national and international situation linked to the coronavirus epidemic, and the measures taken by the government, we had to make the decision, last Friday, to cancel the 10th edition of the Détours de Babel festival in Grenoble and in Isère which was planned from March 26 to April 19. This translates into more than 100 concerts, shows and events that we are forced to cancel…
We would like to express our solidarity with all the musicians, composers, artists, companies and musical ensembles, who bear the brunt of this cancellation, while they have long been preparing their artistic projects, many of them in “premiere”, at the occasion of this edition.
We are of course also thinking of the technicians, service providers, volunteers, and all of our cultural partners who worked for many months with us to ensure that the event can take place in the best conditions and whose investment is reduced to nil on the eve of the Festival.
We will do our utmost to reduce the impact of this cancellation on artists, technicians and service providers and all those who are greatly weakened by this cancellation.
We are also in solidarity with all the cultural structures that are today in the same situation, in France and abroad, forced to cancel their events and shut down their venues.
This is an earthquake for the cultural community, the consequences of which will be painful. We join the concerns of the profession, which calls for the establishment of an emergency fund to deal with the situation, in particular towards the intermittent artists whose situation is already so precarious, and the most impacted artistic and cultural structures, whose survival, for the most fragile of them, depends on it.
Beyond the cultural environment, it is obviously all of society that is impacted by this unprecedented situation, the social and economic consequences of which will be difficult to overcome. We hope that these extreme precautionary measures taken by the authorities will limit the spread of the virus and allow soon to find a more peaceful health and social life.
May the situation we are going through encourage new forms of solidarity and make political decision-makers aware of the fundamental challenges of a strong public service at the service of all, which must be protected and reinforced "at all costs".
Benoit Thiebergien and the whole Festival team