Michel Pintenet, director of l'Estive, Foix and Ariège’s national stage, died suddenly on November 18 while on a business trip to Montreal.

For 16 years, Michel Pintenet has worked passionately and tirelessly at the direction of the Estive to bring music, theatre, dance on the paths and valleys of the Ariège and more recently Audoises, to the most remote and eclectic places.

Very aware of the responsibility of a public scene in a territory, it has always had at heart to share its artistic choices with all the inhabitants and to multiply the possibilities of encounters with the artists and their works, with as much generosity as demands.

Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, sends his sincere condolences to his family and loved ones, as well as to the Estive team.