Macron announces the continuation of the Loto du Patrimoine for the next five years
Emmanuel Macron promised on Friday that the Heritage Loto, which aims to restore endangered goods and celebrates its fifth edition this year, will continue for the next five years.
“It will take (still) at least five years (…) I hope that this decade has made things irreversible,” he said in Guéret (Creuse), where the small Italian theater will benefit from a grant of 500,000 euros Heritage Loto for its restoration and reopening.
“This heritage policy is important because it allows our towns and villages to reconnect with their history,” he added, along with his wife Brigitte Macron, Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak and Stéphane Bern, Head of Heritage Mission.
Built in 1837, the Italian-style theater in Guéret was used as quarters for soldiers during the First World War, then converted into a cinema from 1932 until it closed in 1983.
The presidential couple Stéphane Bern, the Minister of Culture and the CEO of the Française des Jeux Stéphane Pallez visited the site, which had been dormant for 40 years.
“This theatre, we can renovate it, reopen it and play theater there. It’s great”, the President welcomed on the eve of the 39th edition of the European Heritage Days, Saturday and Sunday.
“We have young people of all ages who can take back this place, artisans, artists who can work,” he added.
The President and his wife, whom he met as a high school student in a theater workshop, attended a short performance of Hamlet performed by high school students from Guéret.
Asked by elementary school students about his favorite cultural activity and monument, the head of state said that he reads because he “can easily” but that he “also liked the theatre.
He confided that the first thing he thought of was Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral “because I saw it burn,” he added.
Heritage, “it’s pride, it’s projects, it’s the life of our territories and then it’s beauty. We need it to give meaning to life,” said Emmanuel Macron.
The Presidential couple then went to Aubusson (Creuse), French tapestry capital, where they took part in a ‘commercial defeat’ of ‘Conversation with Smaug’, an 8m2 tapestry inspired by the work of British writer JRR Tolkien.
The fall of the loom is the symbolic moment when the threads are cut and the tapestry is revealed. The work required 900 man hours from February to August.
“There are professions that are part of our history. It is an immense French treasure” that must be preserved,” said the President.
“Manual jobs” were often “neglected” when it came to “basic jobs with job prospects,” he emphasized.
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