Review of the summer festivals 2013

Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture and Communication, welcomes the attendance of the festivals of the summer of 2013 which testifies, Once again, the popular enthusiasm for culture, whose economic strength plays a key role in the attractiveness of the territories.

The Aurillac International Street Theatre Festival and the Rock-en-Seine Festival, which had a record attendance with 118,000 admissions, closed three months of festivals remarkable for the density and variety of forms offered. Their attendance testifies to the power of attraction of summer events, which are all highlights for the diffusion of contemporary creation throughout the territory.

The richness and diversity of French festivals are attracting ever more audiences. These are indeed rare and privileged moments of sharing, conviviality, discovery and exchange with artists. The success this year of the Nuits de Fourvières in Lyon, the Paris Quartier d'été and the Festival d'Avignon - almost all of whose shows were sold out – are examples of this. Just like the festivals of Aix-en-Provence or Montpellier Danse.

Solidays and the Eurockéennes de Belfort reached a record attendance for their 15th and 25th anniversary, respectively, with more than 170,000 and 127,000 admissions, while Jazz in Marciac attracted some 250,000 spectators. The Festival interceltique de Lorient welcomed 700,000 festival-goers, the Francofolies de la Rochelle 120,000 spectators, while the Radio France and Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon recorded an increase of more than 13% in its paid attendance by concert with

110,350 spectators and 7,000,000 listeners.

Alongside these major events of the live show, the visual art events also appeal to a demanding and numerous public, as shown by the Rencontres internationales de la Photographies d'Arles and the Voyage à Nantes - which is part of Nantes, the European green capital for 2013. Similarly, the multidisciplinary programming of Marseille Provence 2013 and the opening of the Mucem, national museum of civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean, have made it possible to bring to Marseille, European capital of culture, and to its region, excellent tourist traffic.

Culture is a real economic asset for the territories. These figures remind us of that. Summer festivals increase their attractiveness, help to safeguard and create jobs (225 jobs created, for example at the Rencontres d'Arles) and generate essential economic spinoffs whose impact can be estimated between €4 and €10 for a €1 grant invested depending on the festivals. More than ever, culture is a powerful factor in development.

The events of the summer of 2013 are - despite a difficult economic context - an undeniable success, due to their attendance rates and the quality of their content. Each year, they appeal to a wider and wider audience, proof of the artistic vitality of the French territory and the enthusiasm they arouse at the national and international levels.