Avignon and the theatre... all year round. Avignon festival is the most important theatre and performing arts event in the world, in terms of the number of productions and spectators it attracts. Inaugurated in 1947 by the French actor and director Jean Vilar, the festival, now in its 75th edition, has become the largest artistic festival in France, integrating theatre, dance, cinema, art exhibitions, round tables and readings.
Conceptual artists such as Sophie Calle and Johnny Lebigot have also performed and exhibited their work at La Mirande.
Festival IN from Monday July 5th to Sunday July 25th 2021
Exciting programme of performances including The Cherry Orchard, Hamlet, a version of Pinocchio and a modern dance piece by choreographer Jan Martens.
400 events over 21 days during this 75th edition.
There are over 40 indoor and outdoor venues across the city ranging from the massive courtyard of the Popes' Palace, to a gymnasium, to an intimate garden in an old manor house.
Festival OFF from July 7th to 31st 2021
The largest theatre in the world; 1000 shows on the programme in 2021.
Opéra du Grand Avignon
Eclectic programming of opera, dance, theatre and symphony concerts, as well as a Ballet of 12 dancers and a choir of 20 artists.
The Fest'hiver in February, a festival of theatre; shows and readings carried by Avignon's stages.
A historic festival in the French choreographic landscape, Les Hivernales is an unmissable event in the middle of winter.
Helios Festival in August
For the past 4 years, the walls of emblematic places have hosted Hélios, a free "sound and light" festival at nightfall - from 9.30 pm to 11.30 pm - which invites you to an artistic wander through the streets of the city for a whole month. It is an event dedicated to the illumination of monuments and squares in the city centre of Avignon. The sites honoured in 2020 were: the Petit Palais Museum, the Town Hall, Saint Peter's Basilica, Place Pie, Place Saint-Didier and the Célestins Church.
Chorégies d'Orange from June 18th to July 31st 2021
International festival of lyrical art created in 1869. It takes place every summer at the National Ancient Theatre of Orange.
Permanent or ephemeral exhibitions in the museums of Avignon:
Musée du Petit Palais, Musée Calvet, Musée Requiem, Collection Lambert, Palais du Roure, Palais des Papes...
International Piano Festival of La Roque-d'Anthéron 41st edition from July 23rd to August 18th 2021
The International piano festival is founded in 1980 by Paul Onoratini (1920-2010).