DRAC Activity Report
The 2021 business report provides an overview of DRAC Île-de-France’s actions. The State has played an essential role as a "shield" for cultural and heritage structures, thanks to the general and sectoral arrangements implemented in 2020 and extended in 2021. Heritage, creation, cultural economy, transmission: the DRAC carries out essential actions for the daily life of the people of Ile-de-France.
THE DIRECTOR’S WORD
While the year 2021 was in many ways a time of great questioning and of extreme fragility of the artistic and cultural fabric due to the health crisis and its consequences, it also demonstrated the strength of the French cultural model and its crucial role in our lives and territories.
The State has played an essential role as a “shield” for cultural and heritage structures, thanks to the general and sectoral arrangements implemented in 2020 and extended in 2021. At the national level, €15 billion has been mobilized to safeguard the artistic and cultural fabric, including €2 billion under France Relance to support the recovery in the heritage, creative and cultural economy sectors.
Throughout this period, the DRAC Île-de-France, under the authority of the regional prefect, has been at the forefront of understanding the difficulties encountered by Ile-de-France stakeholders and providing them with the most appropriate response. In 2021, 8.4 million euros were mobilized, in addition to the DRAC’s common law budget, to support these actors in their diversity. Beyond the exceptional financial envelopes deployed, the dialogue was constant and nourished, to explain and correct the devices along the water, make the link with the prefectures, transmit to the health authorities the specificities of the sector. Cultural structures and local authorities have spontaneously turned to the DRAC throughout these months of crisis. Over the months, heritage projects have been able to continue and intensify, places of creation, companies and ensembles have been strengthened thanks to the cultural summer and the recovery plan, many festivals have been supported, some for the first time, prefiguring the new policy of the Ministry of Culture born after the Estates General of festivals.
The dialogue with professional organisations has been supported and of high quality to constantly adapt the responses to the problems encountered on a daily basis.
The efforts made by the Government have resulted for the DRAC in a 12% increase in its budget, managed without an increase in its human resources, which has been made possible by the sense of public service and the constant and unfailing commitment of its agents.
At the same time, thanks to devolution, the skills of the DRAC have continued to expand. This increase in activity concerns all services of heritage, creation, cultural and territorial action, cultural economy. It also particularly concerns the Departmental Units of Architecture and Heritage, whose activity – which was already on upward trends before the crisis – experienced a new significant increase in 2021.
May all the DRAC teams be thanked for their dedication and their permanent presence in the field, in all the diversity of the territories that characterize Île-de-France.
Regional Director of Cultural Affairs of Île-de-France