In Summary
  • Culture minister Francoise Nyssen said she wanted to see women heading up half of France's major cultural institutions within the next five years.
  • She warned venues and festivals to increase their use of female performers and composers by up to 10 per cent a year or see their subsidies cut.

PARIS

France launched a campaign Tuesday to counter male domination of classical music, with women making up only three per cent of the country's conductors.

Culture minister Francoise Nyssen said she wanted to see women heading up half of France's major cultural institutions within the next five years.

"The figures oblige us (to do something)," said Nyssen in a speech at the Aix-en-Provence classical music festival, pointing out that little more than one in 10 stages were run by women and an even smaller proportion of working composers were female.

And she warned venues and festivals to increase their use of female performers and composers by up to 10 per cent a year or see their subsidies cut.

Operas and theatres where women already account for between a quarter and 40 per cent of senior management were set less stringent standards, but were still urged to up representation by at least five percent.

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