We reported a while back that the debt-ridden city of Florence was giving half a million Euros to the IMG Artists owner Barett Wissman, a self-confessed New York fraudster, to transfer his Tuscan Sun festival to the city.
The money, it seems, has gone straight down the drain. A Slipped Disc correspondent reports that Angela Georghiu’s festival recital was more than half-empty, even though though organisers had been ringing around town all day with offers of free tickets. Other events were equally dismal.
La Repubblica headlined: ‘Il flop a metà del Tuscan Sun festival’ – which needs no translation. Wissman: ‘we’re not disappointed, we’ve barely begun’.
The article is not available online (we’ve seen a print copy). If anyone cares to send us an English version, we’ll happily post it up.