Cité Internationale’s expertise at welcoming foreign performers to France


The 15th Performing Arts Resource Centres Legal Information Day was held at the end of March 2013.

The National Song, Variety and Jazz Centre, the National Dance Centre, the National Theatre Centre, HorsLesMurs and Irma, the Contemporary Music information and Resource Centre, have all associated themselves with the Cité Internationale’s Welcome Bureau for Foreign Performers and Professionals (BAAPE) to handle the many legal, administrative and fiscal questions raised from France hosting foreign shows and professionals.

Through four themed workshops, the aim of this day was to provide answers for any organisation wanting to host foreign performing teams, be they European or not.

The more than 300 participants – administrators from cultural venues or performing teams, some of them having travelled considerable distances – were able to have the following questions answered:

What formalities have to be completed in order to ensure the stays and working conditions of performers and technicians in France? To what extent must foreign employers apply French employment law? What social security contributions must the French or foreign organisations make?

Facilitating this day were people involved on the ground and administration managers.

Anaïs Lukacs, the person in charge of BAAPE, took part in two workshops. She gave a practical presentation on the regulatory framework governing residence permits, as well as sharing her expertise by giving some key tips to define the best way forward for each situation.

To find out more about BAAPE, the resource centre specialising in support for hosting foreign performers and culture professionals, click here.