The Association Latinissimo can no longer stage the 14th Babel Med Music Festival which would have taken place from the 15 – 17 March 2018, at Dock des Suds in Marseille, following the 79% reduction to the subsidy of their principal partner: the Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur Region.
|The unexpected and incomprehensible withdrawal of this partner’s support just three months before the event was due to take place – despite the region’s promise, on the basis of their proposal to finance an initiative with college students and apprentices during Babel Med Music 2018 – has put the event in jeopardy, after 13 glorious years which brought together 180,000 spectators and above all 26,000 professionals from the music industry.
The organising committee was informed only a week before the plenary meeting (which took place last Friday 15th December) of the change to the Region’s commitment to Babel Med Music – a decision, which was therefore forced to cancel the event, despite the fact that the association and its partners had started preparing the 14th edition some time ago.
Since the autumn, these teams had been preparing the groundwork for the 2018 event, sifting through the 900 applications sent in by music groups from around the world. After an initial selection process and the preliminary preparations for the event, the regional branch of the selection committee – to which representatives of the Region were invited – was assembled in November.
The brutal, unexpected announcement regarding the drastic reduction of the subsidies from the Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur Region is making impossible in such a short space of time to reinvent a new version of the event.
This executive decision will result in a series of very serious consequences for the cultural life of the region.
ECONOMIC LOSSES FOR THE REGION
Over and above the loss of 204 jobs within the organisation, this withdrawal of funds poses political questions about support for economic and cultural events in the region, for Babel Med Music has always regenerated live performance in the region in a unique way with regards to:
– THE DIRECT ECONOMY:
– INDIRECT ECONOMY:
– INTERNATIONAL REPURCUSSIONS:
– A UNIQUE SHOWCASE FOR REGIONAL CREATIVITY
– RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT JOBS IN THE PERFORMING ARTS FOR UPWARDS OF 6,600 COLLEGE STUDENTS AND APPRENTICES IN THE REGION.
Despite the support of the all the major actors in the sector and after having investigated all possible alternatives, we regret that we are obliged to cancel the 14th Babel Med Music Festival.
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|Culture and the economy are inseparable. Since 2005 Babel Med Music has been a case in point. We are resolutely determined to keep up the good work, for artists, professionals and of course for audiences…
Every year, Babel Med Music was:
FORUM : 2 000 professionals, 150 stands, 20 conferences
5 prizes awarded, 7 regional showcases
2 matinées for 600 college students
7 shows for young people at Babel Minots
14 documentary films screened at the Écrans de Babel
15 000 spectators at 30 concerts over 3 nights
150 musicians from 5 continents – 27 hours of music
ORGANISATION: 204 employees.