Changes afoot!

Week 6 of the lockdown in France – still doing fine here in Saint-Chinian!!  We’ve had some rain this week, which has been incredibly beneficial for my garden and for nature in general!!  I swear that the potato plants pretty much doubled in size during the three days of soft drizzle!  As I am writing this, the sun has come out once more, and everywhere is beginning to dry out a bit.  It’s still too wet to work in the garden this afternoon, so perhaps I’ll clean the windows instead?? 🙂

Here is a picture I took the day after the rain stopped:

You may know that I’m heavily involved in organising the music festivals in Saint-Chinian.  Our July festival was scheduled for July 19 to 26 this year.  Was because the committee members (of the association which runs the festivals) have had to take a good and hard look at the facts and pronouncements by the French government, and in the end we came to the conclusion that we had better postpone that festival until 2021.  Very sad 😦 , but we had to think of the wider implications for our public and musicians.  Three of the concerts from the July programme were rescheduled and added to the September festival, which will now run from September 2 to 6, 2020.  Of course there is a question mark hanging over that too, but we’re trying to stay positive!!  🙂

Here’s a little summary of what we’ve had to postpone/reschedule:

This is a very difficult time for all of us, but my heart goes out especially  to all the performers, musicians, singers and actors who are deprived of their public!

I am very much looking forward to the day when I will once again be able to attend live performances in person. It will certainly be a moment of intense emotion!  In the meantime, take good care of yourself and continue to listen to music as much as you can!!

3 thoughts on “Changes afoot!

    • There seems to be a fair amount of support for the artists – in some areas they will be paid by the departement or region even for cancelled concerts, which is great!!
      For tourism it´s really bad, a lot of people will not be able to re-open unfortunately!

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  1. I’m sure you have made the right decision to postpone the festival. There are just too many questions hanging over such events, even with déconfinement happening (supposedly) in a couple of weeks’ time. I do a lot of choir singing and, of course, choirs are hotbeds for spreading the virus! So we are not likely to get back together until 2021, I reckon. However, I will keep fingers crossed for your September festival. Glad to hear you are staying well. Bon courage!

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