Each year, we count up half a million festivalgoers. This event has been happening since 1930 on the initiative of the French Communist Party media outlet. Yes, I am talking about the famous Fête de l’Humanité, also known as Fête de l’Huma!
2020 would have marked the end of an era for the festival as it would have been the last edition held in La Courneuve, on the current site of the Aire des Vents, property of the Seine-Saint-Denis department.
Set by the Aire des Vents du Parc Georges Valbon in La Courneuve since 1999, the Fête de l'Huma has announced it will find a "new place because of the constuction of the upcoming Medias village for the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024".
According to Seine-Saint-Denis department chairman Stéphane Troussel, "the perspective to enable this major popular event that the Fête de l'Huma is to be held one more year at the Aire des Vents is good news. I wanted to find solutions to host this citizen and very festive event in 2020 as it is deeply rooted in Seine-Saint-Denis image. It will give us more time to find a venue for the Festival 2021."
But because of the health crisis, the 85th edition of the Feête de l'Huma initially planned on Friday September 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13, 2020 at the Aire des Vents at the Parc Départemental Valbon in La Courneuve is cancelled.
On the menu, as always: music, meetings, exhibitions, debates as well as a book village, a social forum and a sport village would have been provided.
In terms of music, although several artists already took part in the festival including Stevie Wonder, Cesaria Evora, Texas, Jimmy Cliff, Lindsey Stirling, Johnny Hallyday this 85th edition would have been likely to be incredible.
For the record, Shaka Ponk, Eddy de Pretto, Marc Lavoine, Soprano, Aya Nakamura, L'Or du Commun, Kassav', Les Négresses Vertes or even Paul Kakbrenner performed in 2019.
Lineup 2020: cancelled