“French audiences are responding to the financial crisis by spending less on holidays and more on the arts”


…French museums had more than 26 million visitors in 2010, a figure more or less stable for three years. Theatre ticket sales are up, cinemas are full, the books industry is growing and French audiences are responding to the financial crisis by spending less on holidays and more on the arts. Major new building projects are under way – despite rows and setbacks – including the Paris Philharmonic and Marseille’s MuCEM, the Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean

Taken from The Guardian: France and the arts: a new revolution
Culture and the arts in France have traditionally been seen as sacrosanct, and thus considered immune to the state funding cuts sweeping the rest of Europe. But all that may be changing

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