Fête de l’Huma 2020 officially cancelled

Published by Caroline J. · Published on 20 July 2020 at 09h36 · Updated on 20 July 2020 at 11h23
Because of the current health context, the 85th edition of the Fête de l'Huma is cancelled. Held every year by French newspaper L’Humanité the Fête de l’Huma will not return to the Parc Départemental George-Valbon in La Courneuve. An announcement made by the newspaper director Patrick Le Hyaric on Monday July 20. The Fête de l'Huma was expected to return on Friday September 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13, 2020 for a weekend full of debates, exhibitions and concerts.
Many people were guessing it, and it is now official: the edition 2020 of the Fête de l'Huma is cancelled. The newspaper director, Patrick Le Hyaric, announced it on Monday July 20. He explains he tried everything to keep the 85th edition of the Fête de l'Huma, especially by lowereing the number of visitors to 20,000 per day (instead of 300,000) and by adding an extra 100,000 euros to the budget to maintain health requirements. But is was not enough.
From now on, L'Humanité director wishes to set up an other event with a smaller format, but still on the same dates as the festival, naming September 11, 12 and 13. The idea? Providing cultural initiatives and debates at La Courneuve and other places in Île-de-France.

Following the cancelation, Patrick Le Hyaric also launches a 25-euro support voucher.

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

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