When it was presented in September 2020, the recovery plan appeared to be a lifeline for the cultural world, brought to a halt by the Covid-19 epidemic and the health protection measures decided by the executive. A year later, an initial assessment confirms the state of emergency in which the sector finds itself: over the first eight months of 2021, nearly half of the sums planned to be spent by the end of 2022 have already been initiated, said the Ministry of Culture on Wednesday (September 8th).
According to the cabinet of Roselyne Bachelot, the Minister of Culture, 793 million euros have been allocated since the 1er January to support cinema, museums, performing arts, bookstores, festivals, the press… In total, “The year 2021 should make it possible to deploy two-thirds of the resources planned for the recovery”, believes Rue de Valois.
A year ago, Mme Bachelot had obtained that 2 billion euros, of the 100 billion allocated to the recovery plan by Emmanuel Macron, be devoted to culture: 1.6 billion for the period 2021-2022 and 400 million for the period 2021-2025, in within the framework of the Investments for the Future program.
Among the most affected sectors, the cinema was unsurprisingly the one that consumed the credits entrusted to it the most quickly. According to the Ministry of Culture, the National Cinema Center (CNC) has already used 92% of its budget, set at 165 million euros. In total, 3,762 structures (exhibitors, distributors, producers, authors, etc.) received aid.
The exhibitors also obtained an additional 60 million euros in May, to support the reopening of theaters with gauge constraint. By way of comparison, the National Music Center (CNM) had committed at the end of August only 60 million euros out of the 175 million intended to support the music industry.
On the heritage side, 345 million euros have been allocated since the start of the year, which corresponds to a little more than half of the budget planned for historical monuments (614 million over the period 2021-2022). The “cathedrals plan”, endowed with 80 million euros, made it possible to “Throw or accelerate” 52 renovation operations, indicates the ministry. The transformation of the Château de Villers-Cotterêts (Aisne) into an “international city of the French language”, the only major cultural project launched by Emmanuel Macron during his five-year term, is also well advanced since 82 million euros out of the 100 million planned for the project as part of the recovery plan have been initiated.
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