La Reunion Island

Maison des civilisations et de l’unité réunionnaise : Petition to Prime Minister of the French Republic

Cultural prestige of France undermine by a politician ?

Témoignages.re / 29 March 2010

“Sir, We have learned that the MCUR project is threatened to be cancelled by the newly elected president of Reunion Island Regional Council. We will be extremely surprised that the government of the French Republic would support such a decision. Cultural centers are, in our times, sites of debates, exchanges, mixing, multiculturalism and citizenship.

We know the work of the scientific and cultural team of the MCUR led by Françoise Vergès, the quality of its work, its objectivity, its openness to new cultural forms. It has been instrumental for the inscription of maloya to the World Intangible Heritage list. We cannot believe that, when everywhere cultural center are proving to be sites of creativity, of economic development, of research, you will allow the MCUR to be cancelled and that you will agree to the denial of twenty young Reunionnese’s work and commitment.

Sincerely yours."

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