“It is culture that resists”, welcomes the mayor of La Roque-d’Anthéron who has been able to maintain his international piano festival

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This year, due to the health crisis, the number of seats has been drastically reduced: less than 700 instead of the usual 2,000.

“We got together and we are very happy to have this festival”, explains the mayor of La Roque-d’Anthéron (Bouches-du-Rhône) Monday August 3 on franceinfo, while the 40th international piano festival is held in this town of 5,000 inhabitants from Saturday until August 21.

“It is a major event for the territory of La Roque-d’Anthéron and for the surrounding tourist area”, says Jean-Pierre Serrus. “It is a highly anticipated cultural event. I insist, it is the culture that is resisting today through this event, even if the visitors are there in fewer numbers.”

This year, due to the health crisis, the number of seats has been drastically reduced: less than 700 instead of the usual 2,000. “We were able to present various hypotheses to the prefecture services very early on in order to respect the rules of physical distancing and barrier gestures, wants to reassure the mayor of Roque-d’Anthéron. We decided to organize concerts in the morning, concerts in the afternoon and concerts in the evening. It’s another way of experiencing the festival. “ The programming of the international piano festival also had to be reviewed.

The invited artists are those who could respect the travel rules.Jean-Pierre Serrus, mayor of La Roque-d’Anthéronto franceinfo

“We have also planned fewer large ensembles so that the instrumentalists respect the physical distances. We do not have orchestras as in previous years.”, indicates lelected.


“It’s quite touching to see the thanks of the artists, they are very happy to be there”, continues the mayor of La Roque-d’Anthéron. “They are also going through a difficult time, and it is a great relief for those who are there to find an audience.” Cellist Gauthier Capuçon will perform this Monday night in the auditorium of the Parc du Château de Florans.

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