|Philippe Lafont (left, in hat) during Equiblues 2012. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber|
By Ruth Ellen Gruber
It looks like the annual Equiblues rodeo and country music festival in St. Agreve, France, will take place again this year, despite financial problems that had threatened to close it.
A local news site, Ledauphine.com, reports that longtime Equiblues director Philippe Lafont says he will take the risk and organize the festival again this comingAugust.
In November, Lafont had announced he would cancel Equiblues in 2013 after the festival was assessed for non-payment of €61,000 of back taxes for 2009-2012, apparently regarding fees paid to foreign artists who appeared at the weeklong-event. He has been negotiating a payback schedule.
Local officials voiced support for keeping the event, which brings in considerable income for the little town. And a "save Equiblues" Facebook page got well over 500 likes.