France will organize ‘pilot concerts’ in order to reactivate the cultural sector

First modification: 04/03/2021 – 15:44

Two experiments in Paris and Marseille will take place in March to define a precise health protocol, with a view to the reopening of the show halls, which are still closed due to the epidemic.

Two weeks after the announcement of the Ministry of Culture, more details were released about the test-concerts to be held in Paris and Marseille. The objective is to define a viable and specific protocol that allows the reopening of the show halls, despite the health crisis

In the French capital, 5,000 people will be able to attend the experiment in the huge Accord Arena, which can normally accommodate 20,000 spectators. For that concert-test the authorities chose the well-known French rock group Indochine, a band that in 2021 was to make a national tour for its 40-year career.

“This is not a concert, but a medical experiment based on a concert, where the public will be voluntary,” explained Jean-Paul Roland, director of the Les Eurockéennes festival.

In this framework, 7,500 people will be chosen by lottery, after having registered on a platform currently under construction. Of that group, 5,000 will be able to physically participate in the concert, and the rest will attend from their homes. According to the virologist Constance Delaugerre, the participants must present a negative test carried out in the 72 hours that will precede the concert, not have been vaccinated or be at risk of developing serious forms of covid.

On his side, the concert in Marseille will be held with 1,000 spectators.

The COVID epidemic in France has particularly hit the cultural sector. In 2020, the traditional summer music festivals were canceled, generating colossal losses for the sector. The situation is critical for the entire cultural sphere given that cinemas, museums, concert halls and theaters remain closed until further notice.


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