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 in July
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 in July
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.
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).
Le Voyage Extraordinaire - new sound and light show at the Popes' Palace From 28 August to 9 October
Follow the sound and light trail and discover the history of the Popes' Palace and Provence, revisited through the theme of nature and luxuriant plants.
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.