Please could you take a moment to read the text below, written by the folks at Instants Chavires, Paris’ most vital venue for our music, and then click on this link and sign the petition. It just takes a few seconds and might help make a real difference. If you follow the link, you complete a very quick form, then receive an email back asking you to just click a link to validate your signature. It is important to do that last bit.Â
Maybe like me you have never been to Instants Chavires, but had intended for a long time to do so. Maybe you may never get there, but this community of ours should stick together to support one another. We all face similar problems worldwide. Today in Paris, tomorrow anywhere else. Please don’t just read this, go click on the link.Â Please also copy and paste the text below into an email and send it to anyone in your contacts list. Every bit of support helps.
The lack of funding has forced us to cancel our Autumn season of concerts, video projections and exhibitions, in its entirety. Even maintaining a strict minimum of programmed events would lead to a budgetary deficit that we simply could not contemplate.
We have serious questions regarding how the Council reached its decision, and what factors might have influenced it in so doing, and to date do not know on what opinions or analyses the said decision was based. We also deplore that the decision was taken so late.
It would seem that the Department has deliberately adopted a policy designed to weaken our Association, resulting in a slow asphyxiation that will put the entire future of the Instants ChavirÃ©s in jeopardy. How are we to plan for a 2010 season in such conditions?
“Art must be where it’s indispensible, which means everywhere” – Claude LÃ©vÃªque, artist
Does the Seine-Saint-Denis Department still have the political will to maintain an internationally acclaimed artspace dedicated to contemporary creation, however modest it may be?
We demand the setting up of a round table with all our institutional partners to rehabilitate a relation which is clearly deteriorating. It is essential to redefine the financial framework together, regarding the unique nature of our artistic commitment as well as our geographical and structural specificity.
We urge you then to sign the online petition (http://instants.mollo.fr), and write to Claude Bartolone, President of the General Council of Seine-Saint-Denis, and / or to the Mayor of Montreuil, Dominique Voynet, to inform them of what the Instants ChavirÃ©s represents in the local, national and international cultural landscape, and express your own commitment to the lasting nature of this project.