Avignon Festival Dogged by Nude Protest and Other Ongoing Labour Strife




France’s famous annual Festival at Avignon, now in its 1oth day of this season, continues to be dogged by intermittent strikes and other protest actions by performers, technicians and other casual workers in the French arts world. 

Visitors to France's world famous Avignon Festival  face intermittent strikes and cancellations this summer as back stage workers interrupt performance in a work dispute.

Visitors to France’s world famous Avignon Festival face intermittent strikes and cancellations this summer as back stage workers interrupt performance in a work dispute with similar disruption threatened at Aix.

The seasonal performers and technicians who are vital in keeping the festival on the road for its full run between the 3rd to 29th July are angered by changes to a pay scheme and cuts in their unemployment insurance arrangements which provides security during non performance periods.

The latest scheduled performance postponed due to strike action was “At the same time we were pointing a finger on you…” by the South African chereographer Robyn Orlin due to be performed Sunday July 13th. Earlier nine of the thirteen performances progammed  for Saturday were cancelled because of the strike according to  Midilibre.  The opening of Radio France’s Montpellier Festival, the largest festival in France featuring 180 concerts and scheduled to start Sunday afternoon was also cancelled.

Here is a short video explanation of the issues behind the strike:

See our earlier report here on why the Festival is plagued by protest this year.

The gallery below shows a range of protest actions –described by some as street theatre and condemned by others for their nudity –embraced by the striking staff.

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