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Founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar, the Festival d'Avignon is today one of the most important international events of contemporary performing arts. For 77 years, every summer, Avignon has been transformed into a theater town.

The Festival d'Avignon represents 77 years of universalism in the service of cultural heritage and contemporary creation. 77 years of putting Art into perspective with social reality. 77 years of a political and aesthetic project that observes the great metamorphoses of live performance and, through them, the diversity and complexity of the World.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cour d'honneur of the Palais des Papes is the cradle of the Festival, which takes over more than 30 places in the city and its region. Within works of art but also gymnasiums in cloisters, chapels in gardens, quarries in churches, the Festival welcomes more than 120 spectators during more than 000 appointments (shows, debates, meetings, readings, screenings ).

To be the international meeting place for theatrical creation, the happy marriage between memory, history, heritage and the future, experimentation and; accentuate the territorial presence; make ecology a priority concern and promote accessibility in all its dimensions: these are the main axes of the direction of Tiago Rodrigues at the head of the Festival since September 2022.

In 2013, the FabricA, the first space specially designed for the Festival, was inaugurated. A place of residence for artists throughout the year, it houses a room the same size as the stage in the Cour d'honneur and helps to intensify the work of raising awareness of performing arts that the Festival carries out with all audiences.

Good to know

  • The 77th edition will take place from Wednesday July 5 to Tuesday July 25, 2023
  • Presentation of the program on Wednesday April 5 at 17 p.m. by Tiago Rodrigues from FabricA – Broadcast on FaceBook live and the Festival d'Avignon website
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Implementation exercise of the PSBC of the Palais des Papes Tuesday February 27, 2024

The Palais des Papes will therefore be exceptionally closed to visitors until 12 p.m., and access to pedestrian traffic on the square in front of the monument will be limited.

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