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Avignon theatre Festival shows cancelled

Striking art workers, Lyon, 16 June 2014.
Striking art workers, Lyon, 16 June 2014. Reuters/Robert Pratta

The two opening shows of France's top theatre festival starting in Avignon this Friday are cancelled as a result of strikes.


The play "The Prince of Homburg" and the ballet "fatal Coup" will not take place, the director of the festival Olivier Py announced at a press conference on Friday morning.

On Thursday night the majority of festival employees voted in favour of the strike action. 

The teams working on shows opening today confirmed this decision.

It is unclear how the rest of the festival's shows will be affected.

“The Prince of Hombourg” premiered at the festival in 1951.

The festival organizers say that cancelling one show costs them 45-thousand euros.

Under French law some 250,000 workers in the film, theatre, television and festival industry benefit from compensations for the periods they don't have work.

In March a deal was reached between some unions and the government that will result in an increase in their payroll taxes, amongst other changes.

Performing artists have taken part in ongoing strike actions at performances throughout the country over the last few weeks.



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