The results are alarming. According to a study conducted by Harris Interactive in September on behalf of the government, almost one in two French people have not visited a cultural institution since the introduction of the health passport on July 21, whereas 88% of French people did so before the pandemic.
Cinema, Museum, Theater, Concert: All Areas are affected
This is according to Le Monde newspaper, which was able to see the results of this study. Although the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, will return to these results on Wednesday, October 27, the figures are frightening.
Since the introduction of the health pass in cultural institutions, only 51% of French people who used to go to the cinema at least once a year have returned. The same is true for museums, where only 40% of art lovers have returned to the aisles. Live art is even more affected. Just over 70% of music lovers who attend a concert at least once a year have not been to one. According to these figures, theaters are also deserted: 75% of the audience has not entered a theater since July 21.
An Abandonment that is Permanent?
The numbers are staggering and could go on. Nearly a third of French people say they will go less to cultural institutions in the future. The reason? 52% of respondents are afraid of being contaminated by visiting these establishments. Cinemas, museums, theaters, which could also be exposed to digital content, while nearly 25% of French people believe they will prefer these formats in the future.
However, Jean-Marc Dumontet, director of several Parisian theaters, including Bobino, Le Point Virgule and the Théâtre Antoine, puts these figures into perspective, pointing to a study conducted two months ago that business is picking up. “Since the beginning of September, we have seen a very dynamic and regular increase in our sales, a trend that can also be observed in other Parisian theaters,” he points out. “The health crisis has undeniably shaken our sector, and some of them are still fragile,” he continues, but “we should still acknowledge that the public has a taste for theater again,” he concludes, “The performing arts are still alive!