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Festival d'Avignon

Fabulous arts festival held every July

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The Avignon Festival is one of the biggest performing arts festival in the world, with both an 'official' festival and a 'fringe' festival.

Making full use of Avignon's wonderful architecture, many of the festival events are held in the enormous public space in front of the Palais du Papes where over 2000 spectators can enjoy street theatre and concerts at all times of the day and night.

A fine selection of theatre, dance and music in more formal settings are also part of the festival - be sure to book your accommodation well in advance.

The full programme for the Avignon Festival tends to be released towards the end of March and can be found via the website link on this page.

Where & when

This festival is hosted annually in Avignon during the busy summer month of July.




Alongside the official festival, the "In" one, a number of shows are presented in Avignon at the same time of the year and are known as the "Off".

The "In" Festival is organised by a non-profit organisation (since 1980), which is administered by a board of trustees composed of: the French state, the city of Avignon, the Département of Vaucluse, the Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, and seven public figures competent in the field of theatre. One of the main venues if the "Cour d'Honneur" in the Palais des Papes.

The "Off" festival is also organised by a non-profit organisation composed mostly of theatre companies and is performed in theatre schools, streets and all places suitable for performing.


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