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The information was revealed by our colleagues The midi dispatch. We can confirm it: the Lantern Festival has indeed found its new base. The winter event that attracted 410,000 people to Park Ritouret in Blagnac is now continuing… Montauban (Tarn et Garonne)!
The lanterns land in Montauban
Requested by News from Toulouse, Patrice Gausserand, the President Mag Conseil (the company that produces the festival), confirms that a press conference is scheduled for Thursday 21 April 2022 at the Cité d’Ingres. Still, he leaves the scoop to the announcement Bridget Baregesthe mayor of Montauban.
So far, no details have been filtered about the future location that will house the works of Chinese artisans. Nor the subject and exact dates of the future Montalbanaise edition.
A deficit festival in Blagnac
For its only edition at Blagnacthe festival that was born in Gaillac (Tarn) failed to find financial balance with a Shortfall of 600,000 euros.
Despite everything, Joseph Carles, the mayor of the municipality of the metropolitan Toulouse, assured that the event was a success. In his opinion, factors external to the festival caused this deficit. “The decrease in attendance linked to the resumption of the covid with two variants, the obligation of the health passport and then the vaccination” or even “10 days of very bad weather” are arguments put forward by the municipality.
In a press conference in early March, those elected said that the geopolitical context with the Russian invasion of Ukraine had reshuffled the cards at the last moment. In his opinion, despite the financial participation of the local authorities (metropolis, department and region), the financial balance is no longer guaranteed given the situation in Eastern Europe. A context that does not seem to deter Montauban in organizing this great event.
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