Halle de la Machine: a new show at 4.72 million euros

Halle de la Machine: a new show at 4.72 million euros
Halle de la Machine: a new show at 4.72 million euros

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The budget is colossal to finance this show, which will take place next All Saints’ Day, with the arrival of a new machine and new facilities. For the first time, the metropolis has opened the financing to patronage.

Culture, as inspiring and free as it may be, has a cost. For this second opus of the “Guardian of the Temple”, which sees the arrival in Toulouse of a brand new machine, the metropolis must pay 4.72 million euros. A colossal budget, which includes the creation of the show, its organization and the facilities. It is also much larger than the previous edition, in 2018, which cost 3.8 million euros. An increase explained by “inflation”, according to the mayor, Jean-Luc Moudenc.

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For the first time, a call for patronage has been opened to help the metropolis finance. Partners have joined the project, such as Tisséo and SNCF Connect. “And several patrons are officially on our side,” says the mayor, such as GA Smart Building – whose headquarters are a stone’s throw from the Halle de la Machine – the Indigo Foundation, the company NXP Semiconductors, the Toulouse Occitanie National Interest Market, and AXA insurance.

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“No ceiling” for patronage

In total, 128,000 euros were raised through patronage. A “modest” but “not insignificant” sum, according to Francis Grass, deputy mayor for culture. “By being patrons of this project, it is also a way for companies to position themselves as citizens, to partner with the city, and not just be a financial contribution,” he explains. “Other partnerships and patronage are still possible,” adds the mayor. “We need as many as possible, we don’t have a ceiling.”

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The budget is also important because for this edition, the city wanted to emphasize inclusivity. “A real step forward”, for Jean-Luc Moudenc, who announced several improvements, for access for people with reduced mobility and disabilities: PMR platforms, 20 fixed stages spread out along the route, audio description. Sign language interpreters will also be present. And vibrating vests, which transcribe audio sensations in the form of vibrations – already used during the Rio Loco festival – are planned.

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